[ verb ] withdraw from an organization or communion


splinter break_away


"After the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away"

Used in print

(Robert Wallace, "This Is the Way It Came About"...)

On July 11 the head of the mineral-rich province of Katanga , Moise_Tshombe , announced that his province had seceded from the country .

Lumumba further complicated the U. N . 's mission by initiating small `` wars '' with the secessionist province of Katanga and with South_Kasai which , under Albert_Kalonji , wanted to secede as_well .

(Clarence Streit, "How the Civil War Kept You Sovereign"...)

To their leaders the Constitution was a compact made by the people of sovereign states , who therefore retained the right to secede from_it .

The champions of the Union maintained that the Constitution had formed , fundamentally , the united people of America , that it was a compact among sovereign citizens rather_than states , and that therefore the states had no right to secede , though the citizens could .

In homely terms whose timeliness is startling today , he thus declared his own right to secede .

Related terms

separate breakaway