coalition

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Coalition \Co'a*li"tion\, noun [LL. coalitio: cf. F. coalition. See {Coalesce}.]

1. The act of coalescing; union into a body or mass, as of separate bodies or parts; as, a coalition of atoms. --Bentley.

2. A combination, for temporary purposes, of persons, parties, or states, having different interests.

A coalition of the puritan and the blackleg. --J. Randolph.

The coalition between the religious and worldly enemies of popery. --Macaulay.

Syn: Alliance; confederation; confederacy; league; combination; conjunction; conspiracy; union.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

coalition

noun

1: an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty [syn: {alliance}, {coalition}, {alignment}, {alinement}] [ant: {nonalignment}, {nonalinement}]

2: the state of being combined into one body [syn: {coalition}, {fusion}]

3: the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts [syn: {coalescence}, {coalescency}, {coalition}, {concretion}, {conglutination}]


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