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
In Quebec, real interest in secession is probably at an all-time low.
Asked by Hannity why he used the term "secession" during a 2009 Austin tea party rally, Perry said the incident never happened.
You know people as a True Texan myself ... that stupid remark about 'secession' is becoming an old and tired joke.
The South's rejoining the Union at the point of a bayonet in the late 1860s didn't prove secession is "not an option" or unlawful.
Philip Phillips (I couldn't make this up), a Jewish congressman from Alabama, was actually a moderate who opposed the South's secession from the Union, while his wife was obviously a fire-breathing Rebel.
An Interview with Dara Horn in which she suggests that historical novels are more about the time in which they are written than the time in which they take place. The Q&A ends with detailed examples of the ciphers used by both the North and South during the Civil War.
Any Governor that would talk about the possibility of secession from the union is ....
The Republican victory in that election resulted in seven Southern states declaring their secession from the Union even before Lincoln took office on March 4, 1861.
Meanwhile, there are the howling voices of the women and children of these regions as they are torn between the men they love, their husbands, sons, fathers, brothers and next of kin, who are dying as a result of a tug of lethal war fought in the name of secession versus union.
Personally, I think believing in a right to secession is a technically wrong but not unreasonable position.
You rightwingnuts in this thread who think secession is not a “fringe position” – have not you all repeatedly sworn your allegiance to “one nation ... indivisible”?