The withdrawal of 11 Southern states from the Union in 1860-1861, precipitating the U.S. Civil War.(noun)
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Use "secession" in a sentence
"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."