- to withdraw formally from an alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union, a religious organization, etc.
Origin of secede
Related Wordsquit, abdicate, separate, retire, resign, leave, apostatize, withdraw, retract, retreat, disaffiliate
Examples from the Web for secede
A third group, Al-Hirak Al Janoubi, is gaining ground with calls for southern Yemen to secede.Yemen’s a Model All Right—For Disaster
Michael Shank , Casey Harrity
November 14, 2014
Hongkongers aren't asking to secede from China, but Beijing's faulty calculus is only alienating the city.Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?
September 29, 2014
I voted today because after what happened in Odessa and Mariupol, unity of Ukraine is impossible and it is better to secede.Putin’s People Stage Their Bogus Vote
May 11, 2014
This time, the heirs of the Confederacy have learned that is more effective to suborn the government than secede.The South Has Indeed Risen Again and It’s Called the Tea Party
December 8, 2013
Voters in a corner of Colorado will vote Tuesday on whether to secede from the state.Colorado’s Strange Secession Vote
November 5, 2013
To secede from the Union was evidently to secede from the God of virtue and charity.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
What are the consequences of this right of a State to secede from the Union?
And may Carolina secede and establish an independent government?
He saw that if the Southern States must secede, the quicker they did so the better.Robert Toombs
Pleasant A. Stovall
It is only when secession is absolutely unavoidable that it is right to secede.First and Last Things
H. G. Wells
- (intr often foll by from) (of a person, section, etc) to make a formal withdrawal of membership, as from a political alliance, church, organization, etc
Word Origin and History for secede
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.