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.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English on sundrum apart. See a-1, sundry Unabridged
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asunder (əˈsʌndə)
adv, —adj
(postpositive) in or into parts or pieces; apart: to tear asunder
[Old English on sundran apart; see sunder]

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Word Origin & History

mid-12c., contraction of O.E. on sundran (see sunder).
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Example sentences
Torn asunder and weakened by civil war and political intrigue, the country was
  easy prey for outside invaders.
But I also knew that our country was being torn asunder by opposition to the
It was certain that a region and people he had grown to love had been ripped
What civil dissensions have happened thus to tear asunder, and separate.
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