Definition of disjuncture in English:



  • A separation or disconnection.

    ‘the monstrous disjuncture between his private and his public life’
    • ‘His film makes good use of the cultural disjunctures that are commonplace now in an urban setting (in this case Shanghai), like the rank pollution of the otherwise picturesque Suzhou River itself.’
    • ‘‘Wright's work with its uneasy disjuncture between form and content, produces the visceral sense of that sad knowledge’.’
    • ‘The disjuncture between the lived reality and the represented reality is also a function of the way the medium works, its rules of the game and the peculiar way in which peer and market pressures operate on it.’
    • ‘This apparatus functions as an aural disjuncture of space where the audience ‘wears’ the clothes and the sounds of another reality while negotiating the visual space of the gallery.’
    • ‘This disjuncture between the process of ‘impersonal research’ and the ‘sudden intrusion’ of the historian's personality during writing is unrealistic.’
    • ‘The best angle for Democrats would be to pry at the disjuncture between those two numbers rather than to hit the president head-on.’
    • ‘With most politicians in these sorts of settings I watch and see the disjuncture between what they are doing and what they should be doing, what they're supposed to be doing.’
    • ‘The disjuncture between the ‘real’ world of economic drivers, and the froth of ideology and ‘politics’, continues.’
    • ‘But there is an awkward disjuncture between these authors' description of the changing situation, and the bleak and brooding conclusions drawn along the way.’
    • ‘What we quickly see is a disjuncture between the pattern, the model, the equation, the algorithm, etc. and people's actual lived experience.’
    • ‘The disjuncture between a flat but durable real economy and the spate of corporate scandals distressing a weak stockmarket gives a clue to what is really going on in US capitalism.’
    • ‘So what we have is a disjuncture between American immigration policy as it exists today and the simple realities of how our economy works.’
    • ‘It would seem that there is a disjuncture between the low interest in politics and public life in general, and the high level of emotional engagement in the election debate.’
    • ‘There is an increasing disjuncture between conservative myth and cultural reality.’
    • ‘It may also be the case that there is a disjuncture between law and justice.’
    • ‘The disjuncture between our public face and our private face arises from a failure of presentation, not of a failure of substance.’
    • ‘Even these conflicts and disjunctures are brought into the structure of beer drinking, where they are, at least temporarily, resolved alongside the norm of interdependence and cooperation.’
    • ‘What is important is to embody, live, and work with these disjunctures and ambivalences.’
    • ‘Electricity markets bring a disjuncture between price and the cost of production.’
    • ‘Unemployment following graduation is high for these students, reflecting a disjuncture between market needs and university education.’
    splitting, parting, division, dividing, cleaving, rupture, breaking, severance, separation, disjuncture


Late Middle English from medieval Latin disjunctura, from Latin disjunct- ‘disjoined’ (see disjunct).