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[uh-suhn-der] /əˈsʌn dər/
adverb, adjective
into separate parts; in or into pieces:
Lightning split the old oak tree asunder.
apart or widely separated:
as wide asunder as the polar regions.
Origin of asunder
before 1000; Middle English; Old English on sundrum apart. See a-1, sundry Unabridged
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  • To him it was as if the ties that had bound him to them were asunder, and he was become an outcast.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • She would see who would keep them asunder now she had made up her mind!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Down the boat was dashed, with a blow that (so it seemed to the unaccustomed spectators) must tear it asunder.

  • Could men have put them asunder, if God had joined them together?

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • "It is my opinion that this day will never come to an end," said Prince, with a yawn that nearly rent him asunder.

    Eight Cousins Louisa M. Alcott
  • They bear our name; how could he understand the divisions that rend us asunder?

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • What God has joined together, it is useless to expect to have separate and asunder.

    Practical Religion John Charles Ryle
  • It was Hagen drew his sword and took the proud Brynild and hewed her asunder.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • You will only lose the price of laying what bricks are already laid, and of taking part of them asunder.

  • And straightway Attus took the whetstone and cut it asunder.

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
British Dictionary definitions for asunder


adverb, adjective
(postpositive) in or into parts or pieces; apart: to tear asunder
Word Origin
Old English on sundran apart; see sunder
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Word Origin and History for asunder

mid-12c., contraction of Old English on sundran (see sunder). Middle English used to know asunder for "distinguish, tell apart."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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