from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of seceding.
  • n. The withdrawal of 11 Southern states from the Union in 1860-1861, precipitating the U.S. Civil War.

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  • n. The act of seceding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of seceding; separation from fellowship or association with others, as in a religious or political organization; withdrawal.
  • n. The withdrawal of a State from the national Union.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of seceding or withdrawing; withdrawal; retirement; seclusion; detachment; separation.
  • n. Specifically, the act of seceding or withdrawing from a religious or political organization or association; formal withdrawal.
  • n. In Scottish eccles. hist., the separation from the Established Church of Scotland which originated in 1733; hence, the whole body of the members of the Secession Church (which see, below).
  • n. In United States history, the attempted withdrawal, in 1860–61, of eleven States from the Union. See Confederate States, under confederate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the withdrawal of eleven southern states from the Union in 1860 which precipitated the American Civil War
  • n. an Austrian school of art and architecture parallel to the French art nouveau in the 1890s
  • n. formal separation from an alliance or federation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin sēcessiō, sēcessiōn-, from sēcessus, past participle of sēcēdere, to secede; see secede.



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