the elimination of laws, customs, or practices under which people from different religions, ancestries, ethnic groups, etc., are restricted to specific or separate public facilities, neighborhoods, schools, organizations, or the like.
Contemporary Examples

In the 1970s, conservatives who had lost the moral battle on civil rights demanded exemptions to desegregation.
RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’ Jay Michaelson November 15, 2014

Some on the far right may sincerely believe their liberties are being threatened, but they believed that about desegregation too.
The ‘Religious Liberty’ Bullies and Their Fight Against LGBT Equality Jay Michaelson March 17, 2013

Strom responded by writing the first draft of the “Southern Manifesto,” pledging “massive resistance” to desegregation.
Essie Mae Washington-Williams, Black Daughter of Strom Thurmond, Dies John Avlon February 5, 2013

There are Republicans who can talk about the civil rights movement and the battle for desegregation with passion and principle.
Right on Race David Frum January 15, 2012

Historical Examples

The second question of usage concerns the words integration and desegregation.
Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.

The local commander also arranged for the desegregation of some off-base social facilities in a effort to improve black morale.
Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.


1935, American English, from de- “do the opposite of” + segregation in the racial sense.


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