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[si-seed] /sɪˈsid/
verb (used without object), seceded, seceding.
to withdraw formally from an alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union, a religious organization, etc.
Origin of secede
First recorded in 1695-1705, secede is from the Latin word sēcēdere to withdraw. See se-, cede
Related forms
seceder, noun
unseceded, adjective
unseceding, adjective
Can be confused
cede, concede, secede, seed. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for seceded
Historical Examples
  • “And Louisiana seceded two months ago,” said the Marquise, and then smiled.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Lady Amelia had seceded to her mother, as had also Mrs. Toff, the old housekeeper.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • It told us that an important member of the company had seceded.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
  • Though she had not seceded, it was thought that her sympathies must be with the South.

  • Mississippi, through its convention, seceded January 9, 1861.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • Say to the seceded States, "Wayward sisters, depart in peace."

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • That body admitted the delegation which had seceded from the Charleston convention.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • There really were only thirteen communicants in the parish when these had seceded.

    The Carbonels Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Mr. Gladstone had seceded to the episcopal church of Scotland.

  • The Proclamation had no bearing on those slave States which had not seceded.

    Abraham Lincoln and the Union Nathaniel W. Stephenson
British Dictionary definitions for seceded


(intransitive) often foll by from. (of a person, section, etc) to make a formal withdrawal of membership, as from a political alliance, church, organization, etc
Derived Forms
seceder, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin sēcēdere to withdraw, from sē- apart + cēdere to go
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Word Origin and History for seceded



1702, "to leave one's companions," from Latin secedere "go away, withdraw, separate; rebel, revolt" (see secession). Sense of "to withdraw from a political or religious alliance of union" is recorded from 1755, originally especially in reference to the Church of Scotland. Related: Seceded; seceding; seceder.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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