American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An alliance, especially a temporary one, of people, factions, parties, or nations.
- n. A combination into one body; a union.
- n. A group of usually two to six male lions that drive off and replace the male lions in a pride in order to mate with the females and protect the resulting offspring.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Union in a body or mass; a coming together, as of separate bodies or parts, and their union through natural causes in one mass or whole: as, a coalition of atoms or particles.
- n. Voluntary union of individual persons, parties, or states; particularly, a temporary combining of parties or factions for the attainment of a special end; alliance. Among the most famous coalitions of history were those formed at different times by other European powers against France during the wars succeeding the first French revolution.
- n. Synonyms Alliance, League, Confederacy, etc. (see alliance), combination, copartnership.
- n. A temporary group or union of organizations, usually formed for a particular advantage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of coalescing; union into a body or mass, as of separate bodies or parts.
- n. A combination, for temporary purposes, of persons, parties, or states, having different interests.
- n. the state of being combined into one body
- n. an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
- n. the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts
- From French coalition ("coalition"), from Late Latin alo ("I advance (cause, etc., communion)"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Medieval Latin coalitiō, coalitiōn-, from Latin coalitus, past participle of coalēscere, to grow together; see coalesce. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“There is only one coalition possiblethe coalition of the workers, soldiers and poorest peasants; and it is our partys honour to have realised that coalition .”
“It's normal for the President to reshuffle the Cabinet, particularly for ministers from coalition parties that are not committed * to the coalition*," he said.”
“Ignatieff: «The coalition if necesary, but not necessarily the coalition»”
“What unites our coalition is a common goal to pull America back together and put America back to work," Jealous said.”
“One side maintains that the country must be purged of its crippling Labour debt with extreme dispatch, the other that the coalition is a bunch of neo-Thatcherite revivalists eager to bless the rich at the expense of the poor.”
“In addition to a tax hike on the wealthy, the coalition is also pushing to end the tax exemption for interest paid on out-of-state bonds.”
“May 19th, 2008 12: 42 pm ET mrs ferraro obama coalition is the coalition of progrossive people not a 19 century dragons.”
“The unifying theme now being pushed by this coalition is actually an American heresy -- a highly developed political philosophy that is fundamentally at odds with the founding principles of the United States of America.”
“Protesters in both Najaf and the capital of Baghdad have been voicing anger over what they call the coalition's targeting of Moqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shiite clerk.”
“Mr. Bush will meet with the prime ministers of Britain and Spain, his partners in what he calls a coalition of the willing.”
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