coalition
noun Etymology: French, from Latin coalescere Date: 1604 1. a. the act of coalescing ; union b. a body formed by the coalescing of originally distinct elements ; combination 2. a temporary alliance of distinct parties, persons, or states for joint action • coalitionist noun

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  • coalition — [ kɔalisjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1544 relig.; lat. coalitus, de coalescere « s unir »; repris à l angl., 1718 1 ♦ Réunion momentanée de puissances, de partis ou de personnes dans la poursuite d un intérêt commun d opposition ou de défense. ⇒ alliance,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • coalition — co‧a‧li‧tion [ˌkəʊəˈlɪʆn◂ ǁ ˌkoʊə ] noun 1. [countable] a group of people who join together to achieve a particular purpose: • A coalition of junior doctors, managers, and consultants must assess the working practices of all staff. 2.… …   Financial and business terms

  • Coalition — Co a*li tion, n. [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. [1913 Webster] 2. A combination, for temporary purposes, of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coalition — 1610s, the growing together of parts, from Fr. coalition (1540s), from L.L. coalitus fellowship, originally pp. of L. coalescere (see COALESCE (Cf. coalesce)). First used in a political sense 1715 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Coalition — (v. lat.), 1) Aneinanderhängen ursprünglich freier Pflanzentheile; 2) Verbindung mehrerer Mächte zu einer kriegerischen Unternebmung gegen einen gemeinsamen Feind (vgl. Bündniß); bes. die Vereinigungen der europäischen Mächte gegen Frankreich.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • coalition — I noun affiliation, alliance, amalgamation, association, binding, bond, cartel, combination, combine, coming together, community, concurrence, confluence, conglomerate, congress, conjoining, conjunctio, conjunction, conjuncture, connection,… …   Law dictionary

  • coalition — COALITION. s. f. Il se dit en Physique pour signifier l Union intime de plusieurs substances. Il se dit au moral De la réunion de différens partis, de la ligue de plusieurs Puissances …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • coalition — fusion, confederacy, confederation, federation, *alliance, league …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • coalition — [n] allied group, association affiliation, alliance, amalgam, amalgamation, anschluss, bloc, coadunation, combination, combine, compact, confederacy, confederation, conjunction, consolidation, conspiracy, faction, federation, fusion, integration …   New thesaurus

  • coalition — ► NOUN ▪ a temporary alliance, especially of political parties forming a government. DERIVATIVES coalitionist noun. ORIGIN Latin, from coalescere coalesce …   English terms dictionary

  • coalition — [kō΄ə lish′ən] n. [ML coalitio < LL coalitus, fellowship, orig. pp. of coalescere: see COALESCE] 1. a combination; union 2. a temporary alliance of factions, nations, etc., for some specific purpose, as of political parties in times of… …   English World dictionary

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