|1.||the dissolution of a marriage by judgment of a court or by accepted custom|
|2.||a judicial decree declaring a marriage to be dissolved|
|3.||a separation, esp one that is total or complete|
|4.||to separate or be separated by divorce; give or obtain a divorce (to a couple or from one's spouse)|
|5.||(tr) to remove or separate, esp completely|
|[C14: from Old French, from Latin dīvortium from dīvertere to separate; see |
The dissolution of the marriage tie was regulated by the Mosaic law (Deut. 24:1-4). The Jews, after the Captivity, were reguired to dismiss the foreign women they had married contrary to the law (Ezra 10:11-19). Christ limited the permission of divorce to the single case of adultery. It seems that it was not uncommon for the Jews at that time to dissolve the union on very slight pretences (Matt. 5:31, 32; 19:1-9; Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18). These precepts given by Christ regulate the law of divorce in the Christian Church.