dissolution

The dissolution of a relationship means that it's broken up or ended. The dissolution of your band means you better get started on your solo album.

Dissolution comes from the Latin word dissolutio, meaning "a dissolving of something." Dissolution looks very similar to "dissolve," so to help you remember the meaning, think about what happens if you put paper in water — it breaks apart. A dissolution of a marriage is the same thing as divorce. Although it sounds like disillusion, if you try to use them interchangeably, your logic will fall apart.

Definitions of dissolution
  1. noun
    separation into component parts
    synonyms: disintegration
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    fibrinolysis
    a normal ongoing process that dissolves fibrin and results in the removal of small blood clots
    lysis
    (biochemistry) dissolution or destruction of cells such as blood cells or bacteria
    autolysis, self-digestion
    lysis of plant or animal tissue by an internal process
    bacteriolysis
    dissolution or destruction of bacteria
    cytolysis
    pathological breakdown of cells by the destruction of their outer membrane
    haematolysis, haemolysis, hematolysis, hemolysis
    lysis of erythrocytes with the release of hemoglobin
    karyolysis
    disintegration and dissolution of a cell nucleus when a cell dies
    necrolysis
    disintegration and dissolution of dead tissue
    osteolysis
    lysis of bone caused by disease or infection or inadequate blood supply
    radiolysis
    molecular disintegration resulting from radiation
    thrombolysis
    the process of breaking up and dissolving blood clots
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    action, activity, natural action, natural process
    a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
  2. noun
    the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)
    synonyms: breakup
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    separation or breakup or divorce
    annulment, invalidation
    (law) a formal termination (of a relationship or a judicial proceeding etc)
    dissolution of marriage
    an annulment of a marriage
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    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  3. noun
    the termination of a meeting
    synonyms: adjournment
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    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  4. noun
    dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
    synonyms: dissipation, licentiousness, looseness, profligacy
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    decadence, intemperance, intemperateness, self-indulgence
    excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence
  5. noun
    the process of going into solution
    synonyms: dissolving
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    liquefaction
    the conversion of a solid or a gas into a liquid
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