disintegration disintegration  /dɪs ˌɪn tə ˈɡreɪ ʃən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) in a decomposed state
  2. (n) a loss (or serious disruption) of organization in some system
  3. (n) separation into component parts
  4. (n) the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
  5. (n) total destruction

Usage(s):

  1. When she remained seated, that simple decision eventually led to the disintegration of institutionalized segregation in the South, ushering in a new era of the civil rights movement.
  2. Fears of spontaneous disintegration have grown in recent years.
  3. Here is one optimist's reason for believing unity will prevail over disunity, integration over disintegration.

News

  1. Ian Hassall’s New Book ‘Hamba Gashle’ Reveals the Inside Story of White Society in Colonial Southern Africa

    Ian Hassall’s edgy memoir describes his childhood in the Rhodesias, and then University in South Africa, between 1951 and 1970. It provides a vivid and disturbing depiction of childhood and family life set against racial exploitation, political change and the disintegration of his white community. (PRWeb June 14, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/Hamba-Gashle/Ian ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: PRWeb

  2. Sarah Costa: An Urgent Need: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Refugee Adolescents

    The disintegration of community and family structures weakens traditional protection mechanisms and alters behavioral patterns. As a result, child-bearing risks are extremely high, sexual violence and exploitation is pervasive and forced or early marriage is not uncommon.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Huffington Post

  3. Danish judge concerned over pressure at UN war crimes court

    A Danish judge has voiced concern over recent acquittals handed down by the UN war crimes tribunal set up to try major crimes committed during the violent disintegration of the former Yugoslavia.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Stars and Stripes

Quotes

  1. "We believe democracy alone can save Pakistan from disintegration and a militant takeover," Bhutto told reporters in her Karachi home a day after her return from eight years in exile.
    on Oct 19, 2007 By: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Any further drawdown of US troops will be based on conditions in Iraq and the recommendations of our commanders," Bush said. "General Petraeus has warned that too fast a drawdown could result in the `disintegration of the Iraqi security...
    on Jan 29, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Guardian Unlimited

  3. "We're in this vast contest between the forces of integration and the forces of disintegration, the positive and negative forces of our interdependence. And 'Stop the world, I want to get off,' is not an option. You can't stop it. you can't get off....
    on Jun 24, 2010 By: Bill Clinton Source: The Associated Press

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