- an act or instance of seceding.
- (often initial capital letter) U.S. History. the withdrawal from the Union of 11 Southern states in the period 1860–61, which brought on the Civil War.
- (usually initial capital letter) Fine Arts. a style of art in Germany and Austria concurrent with and related to Art Nouveau.
Origin of secession
Examples from the Web for secession
In the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Plains, and Far West, secession sympathizers top out at 22 percent of the population.
But very few of us have imagined that they could fuel a generalized positive view of secession.
The larger the pro-secession minority becomes, the more the majority opposed to secession will believe that Hobbes was right.
According to Reuters, current Democrat support for secession is hovering around 20 percent.
And here in America, the spirit of secession is gaining strength too.
Plainly the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy.
Mr. Seeley does justice to the importance of the secession of the American colonies.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
From the top of the capitol building, he reflected on the fall of Secession.Charles Carleton Coffin
William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
And then—and then a greater State than any will be forced into secession!The Long Roll
Washington's dead, sir; dead as a hammer, if this secession goes on.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
- the act of seceding
- (often capital) mainly US the withdrawal in 1860–61 of 11 Southern states from the Union to form the Confederacy, precipitating the American Civil War
Word Origin and History for secession
1530s, from Latin secessionem (nominative secessio) "a withdrawal, separation; political withdrawal, insurrection, schism," noun of action from past participle stem of secedere "secede," from se- "apart" (see secret) + cedere "to go" (see cede). Originally in a Roman historical context, "temporary migration of plebeians from the city to compel patricians to address their grievances;" modern use in reference to religious or political unions dates from 1650s.