Definitions for: Alliance

[n] the act of forming an alliance or confederation
[n] a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim
[n] an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
[n] a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest; "the shifting alliances within a large family"; "their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them"
[n] the state of being allied or confederated

Webster (1913) Definition: Al*li"ance, n. [OE. aliaunce, OF. aliance, F.
alliance, fr. OF. alier, F. allier. See Ally, and cf. LL.
1. The state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting;
a union or connection of interests between families,
states, parties, etc., especially between families by
marriage and states by compact, treaty, or league; as,
matrimonial alliances; an alliance between church and
state; an alliance between France and England.

2. Any union resembling that of families or states; union by
relationship in qualities; affinity.

The alliance of the principles of the world with
those of the gospel. --C. J. Smith.

The alliance . . . between logic and metaphysics.

3. The persons or parties allied. --Udall.

Syn: Connection; affinity; union; confederacy; confederation;
league; coalition.

Al*li"ance, v. t.
To connect by alliance; to ally. [Obs.]

Synonyms: alignment, alinement, bond, coalition, confederation, confederation

Antonyms: nonalignment, nonalinement

See Also: accord, allies, ally, axis, bloc, coalition, combination, connectedness, connection, connexion, entente, entente cordiale, fusion, group action, international organisation, international organization, organisation, organization, pact, popular front, treaty, world organisation, world organization

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