- Secede is to separate or formally withdraw from a group or community.
When the South wanted to leave the Union prior to the Civil War, this is an example of a situation where the South tried to secede.
Origin: L secedere from se-, sed-, apart (from Indo-European base an unverified form se-, an unverified form swe-, apart, lone from source Old English swæs, special, dear) plush cedere, to go: see cede
- seceder noun
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intransitive verb se·ced·ed, se·ced·ing, se·cedes
Origin: Latin sēcēdere, to withdraw : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.