To better see sample sentences using the word
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.
Sample Sentences Using
Show Multiple Meanings (Less common than this sense)
Go to Word Detail Page
Go to Home Page
  • The people of Serbia were upset over Kosovo’s secession.
  • One 2007 poll found that 13% of Vermont’s population support secession from the United States.
  • The south attempted to secede after Lincoln’s victory because the south had different economic interests than the north and were especially concerned about Lincoln’s anti-slavery stance.
  • One of those towns, called Poison, tried to secede (that means quit, I looked it up) from the rez.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

  • Show more
  • I only understood the name after watching Auri jump all three in quick secession to make it to the other end.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Southern states had seceded in response to Lincoln’s election by a constitutional majority in a fair vote held under rules accepted by all parties.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • To the south was Surda, a small country that had seceded from the Empire after the Riders’ fall.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • (When Alabama seceded from the Union on January 11, 1861, Winston County seceded from Alabama, and every child in Maycomb County knew it.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • I’ve never gotten so tired of any one word in my life as ’war,’ unless it’s ’secession.’
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He remembered the night in Arlington when the news came: secession.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels

  • Show more again
  • It caused such a disagreement between Anurin and Queen Dellanir that Anurin seceded from our government and established the Riders on Vroengard as an independent entity.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It has changed hands by secession often, by siege once, by treachery twice, but never by assault On this tower the look-out hoved.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • On January 9,1861, Mississippi passed the ordinance of secession.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • You just let one of them get married or get into trouble without being married, and right then and there is where she secedes from the woman race and species and spends the balance of her life trying to get joined up with the man race.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • We believe the task preoccupied him for the main part of the next forty years, during which time he paid little attention to the affairs of Alagaesia-which is why the people of Surda were able to secede from the Empire.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The President might also appoint assistant commissioners in the seceded States, and to all these offices military officials might be detailed at regular pay.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • "Such a little fish as me can swim in any bucket," he used to remark, and a member of the house from which old Sedley had seceded was very glad to make use of Mr. Clapp’s services and to reward them with a comfortable salary.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • There’s talk of seceding from the Union.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Blindness to life, secession, unreceptivity, a dull wall of anxious, overprotected flesh, ignorant of the subtlety of God or Nature and unfeeling toward its beauty.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The crises and victories and secessions in Roman history were handed on to him in the trite words IN TANTO DISCRIMINE and he had tried to peer into the social life of the city of cities through the words IMPLERE OLLAM DENARIORUM which the rector had rendered sonorously as the filling of a pot with denaries.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • This chance may soon come, as I understand that the prospects for a peaceful resolution of the current differences between North and South are not hopeful, and the Southern States talk seriously of secession.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Talk of New England seceding became commonplace.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Mr. Yates, who was trying to make himself agreeable to Julia, found her gloom less impenetrable on any topic than that of his regret at her secession from their company; and Mr. Rushworth, having only his own part and his own dress in his head, had soon talked away all that could be said of either.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • The time at any moment was a number of varying doctrines professed by the different hamlets, some of them having originally grown up from a common root, and then become divided by secession, some having been alien from the beginning.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • He had never been an irascible man and before war was actually declared and Mississippi seceded, his acts and speeches of protest had been not only calm but logical and quite sensible.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Two centuries ago the Secession made us leery.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • In December, South Carolina seceded from the Union.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Suffering States would secede.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • So they seceded.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Further, should Congress proceed before hearing the "voice," then certain colonies "might secede from the union."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The Sergeant-President, an uncouth, barbaric man, had only one thing in common with the Emperor: he’d never let Eritrea secede.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • This Lincoln suppressed secession and refused to acknowledge that the right of revolution he had so boldly accepted belonged to the South.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • He had been at Oxford during the movement which ended in the secession from the Established Church of Edward Manning, and he felt a certain sympathy for the Church of Rome.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • When Kansas refused to secede to the South at the beginning of the Rebellion, Tom’s father, who was a rebel, joined Quantrill’s notorious band of guerillas.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • As he did, he remembered the chapter in question; it was the one devoted to the aftermath of the Riders’ secession from the elves, following the elves’ brief war with the humans.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • It has not been openly assailed, no conspiracy has been formed to make war on it, but its followers one by one noiselessly secede—day by day a few of them abandon it, until last it is only professed by a minority.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The period during which Mr. Buchanan retained office, after the election of Mr. Lincoln, from November, 1860, to March, 1861, was that which enabled the seceding States of the South to complete their preparations for the Civil War, and the Executive Government was paralyzed.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Valentin de Bellegarde’s announcement of the secession of Mademoiselle Nioche from her father’s domicile and his irreverent reflections upon the attitude of this anxious parent in so grave a catastrophe, received a practical commentary in the fact that M. Nioche was slow to seek another interview with his late pupil.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Lastly, it would facilitate and foster the baneful practice of secessions; a practice which has shown itself even in States where a majority only is required; a practice subversive of all the principles of order and regular government; a practice which leads more directly to public convulsions, and the ruin of popular governments, than any other which has yet been displayed among us.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Katanga had once tried to secede, after all.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Does it sound with trumpet-voice the proud victory of the Union in that secession war?
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • We have heard them threaten to secede so often that I formed an enthusiastic organization The American Friends for Texas Secession.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • I’m mighty glad Georgia waited till after Christmas before it seceded or it would have ruined the Christmas parties, too.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • If Gerald once got on the subject of war and secession, it would be hours before he relinquished it.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The troop of cavalry had been organized three months before, the very day that Georgia seceded from the Union, and since then the recruits had been whistling for war.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • During the critical month preceding Webster’s speech, six Southern states, each to secede ten years later, approved the aims of the Nashville Convention and appointed delegates.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • At first he shared the views of those critics and historians who scoffed at the possibility of secession in 1850.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The time was ripe for secession, and few were prepared to speak for union.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • And so the danger of immediate secession and bloodshed passed.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • That secession did not occur in 1850 instead of 1861 is due in great part to Daniel Webster, who was in large measure responsible for the country’s acceptance of Henry Clay’s compromise.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Search for samples from other sources
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®

Show Multiple Meanings (Less common than this sense)
Go to Home Page . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading