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1. The state of being disunited; separation.
2. Lack of unity; discord.


(dɪsˈyun yən)

1. a severance of union; separation; disjunction.
2. lack of unity; dissension.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.disunion - the termination or destruction of union
detribalisation, detribalization - the decline or termination of tribal organization
separation - the act of dividing or disconnecting
jointure, uniting, unification, conjugation, union - the act of making or becoming a single unit; "the union of opposing factions"; "he looked forward to the unification of his family for the holidays"


1. The act or an instance of separating one thing from another:
2. The condition of being divided, as in opinion:
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We had not,' said Miss Clarissa, 'been in the habit of frequent association with our brother Francis; but there was no decided division or disunion between us.
All who cherish disunion sentiments are now being educated to the exact temper of doing this.
THE three last numbers of this paper have been dedicated to an enumeration of the dangers to which we should be exposed, in a state of disunion, from the arms and arts of foreign nations.
So far is the general sense of mankind from corresponding with the tenets of those who endeavor to lull asleep our apprehensions of discord and hostility between the States, in the event of disunion, that it has from long observation of the progress of society become a sort of axiom in politics, that vicinity or nearness of situation, constitutes nations natural enemies.
I submit to you, my fellow-citizens, these considerations, in full confidence that the good sense which has so often marked your decisions will allow them their due weight and effect; and that you will never suffer difficulties, however formidable in appearance, or however fashionable the error on which they may be founded, to drive you into the gloomy and perilous scene into which the advocates for disunion would conduct you.
When the duke occupied the Romagna he found it under the rule of weak masters, who rather plundered their subjects than ruled them, and gave them more cause for disunion than for union, so that the country was full of robbery, quarrels, and every kind of violence; and so, wishing to bring back peace and obedience to authority, he considered it necessary to give it a good governor.
I need not say that we were strangers to any species of disunion or dispute.
The cabal would be defeated, and Washington would march the army out of Valley Forge, and three long years later Charles Cornwallis would surrender the British army at Yorktown--but as Lafayette's letter illustrates, disunion was as dangerous an enemy as the Redcoats.
Shade inspects Buchanan and Northern opinion on disunion from December 1860 to March 1861 and finds that Buchanan did not differ from members of his party.
By the time that the National and American Woman Suffrage Associations agreed to unify in 1890 as the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the "memory work done by the myth of Seneca Falls" made the decades of disunion fall away and unification seem like "re-unification" (p.
This engagement strategy requires a coordinated effort among the Defense Department, State Department, and other governmental agencies to formulate a holistic plan to help a nation or region avoid slipping into disunion and to enhance the ability of the nation to govern its territory.
It's something we hear a great deal; the news proclaims our division on a daily basis, politicians launch campaigns based on the island's union and disunion, and our partition is something most of us discuss on a daily basis.