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.

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.

 

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