alliance


alliance
alliance, league, coalition, fusion, confederacy, confederation, federation agree in the idea of combination, chiefly political, for a common object.
Alliance applies particularly to a joining of interests on the part of families (by marriage) or of states (by compact or treaty); it is also less formally used of a connection for mutual benefit between other bodies, organized or not
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a defensive alliance

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an alliance between producers and consumers

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League though often used without distinction from alliance typically suggests a more formal compact or more definite object
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the Solemn League and Covenant

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and may frequently (unlike alliance) be taken in a bad sense
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to be in league with the powers of darkness

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Coalition refers to a temporary alliance of otherwise opposing interests, parties, or factions
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Mr. Fox, and his famous coalition with Lord North— Gibbon

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a coalition government

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Fusion is a coalition of political parties for the purpose of defeating another party in an election
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a fusion of Republicans and independent Democrats in New York City opposed the Tammany Democratic ticket

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Confederacy and confederation apply specifically to a union by compact or treaty of independent states under a government to which powers are delegated for dealing primarily with common external relations
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the Southern Confederacy

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the Articles of Confederation

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the German Confederation

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Federation in its broad sense includes any union under the terms of a league or covenant
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the Federation of Labor

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but specifically it designates a sovereign state or city formed by the union of other states or cities with a central general government and several local governments
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the United States of America constitutes a federation

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federation was the name given to the scheme for blending the Five Towns into one town— Bennett

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the Federation of Malaysia

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  • alliance — [ aljɑ̃s ] n. f. • XIIe; de allier 1 ♦ Union contractée par engagement mutuel. Dr. internat. Union de deux puissances qui s engagent par un traité (traité d alliance) à se porter mutuellement secours en cas de guerre. ⇒ coalition, entente, ligue …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Alliance — bezeichnet Aliance TW, ein tschechisches Firmenkonsortium zum Bau von Straßenbahnen Alliance (Anwendung), ein Tauschbörsenprogramm für Freundesnetzwerke Alliance Automobiles, einen ehemaligen französischen Automobilhersteller Alliance (Band),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • alliance — al‧li‧ance [əˈlaɪəns] noun [countable] COMMERCE 1. an agreement between two or more organizations to work together: • The two insurance companies agreed to form an alliance. alliance between • an alliance between the two media groups …   Financial and business terms

  • alliance — ALLIANCE. subs. fém. Union par mariage. Il a fait une grande alliance en mariant sa fille à un homme d une si haute naissance. Ces Maisons sont jointes par plusieurs alliances. f♛/b] Il se dit aussi De l union, de la confédération qui se fait… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Alliance — Alliance, NE U.S. city in Nebraska Population (2000): 8959 Housing Units (2000): 4062 Land area (2000): 4.767735 sq. miles (12.348377 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.012236 sq. miles (0.031691 sq. km) Total area (2000): 4.779971 sq. miles (12.380068 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Alliance — Al*li ance, n. [OE. aliaunce, OF. aliance, F. alliance, fr. OF. alier, F. allier. See {Ally}, and cf. LL. alligantia.] 1. The state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting; a union or connection of interests between families, states,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alliance — Alliance …   Wikipedia Español

  • alliance — [ə lī′əns] n. [ME aliaunce < OFr aleiance < alier: see ALLY] 1. an allying or being allied; specif., a union or joining, as of families by marriage 2. a close association for a common objective, as of nations, political parties, etc. 3. the …   English World dictionary

  • alliance — Alliance. s. f. Union, se dit de ceux qui se joignent par mariage. Il a fait une grande alliance en mariant sa fille à un Duc & Pair, les maisons sont jointes par plusieurs alliances. Il se dit aussi de l union de la confederation qui se fait… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Alliance, NC — U.S. town in North Carolina Population (2000): 781 Housing Units (2000): 304 Land area (2000): 2.005003 sq. miles (5.192933 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.005003 sq. miles (5.192933 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places