secession (n.)

1530s, from Latin secessionem (nominative secessio) "a withdrawal, separation; political withdrawal, insurrection, schism," noun of action from past-participle stem of secedere "go away, withdraw, separate; rebel, revolt," from se- "apart" (see se-) + cedere "to go" (from PIE root *ked- "to go, yield").

Originally in a Roman historical context, "temporary migration of plebeians from the city to compel patricians to address their grievances." Modern use is by 1650s in reference to "act of withdrawing from a religious or political union."

Origin and meaning of secession

updated on March 19, 2022

Definitions of secession from WordNet
secession (n.)
an Austrian school of art and architecture parallel to the French art nouveau in the 1890s;
Synonyms: sezession
secession (n.)
formal separation from an alliance or federation;
Synonyms: withdrawal
Secession (n.)
the withdrawal of eleven southern states from the Union in 1860 which precipitated the American Civil War;
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