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[dih-vawrs, -vohrs] /dɪˈvɔrs, -ˈvoʊrs/
a judicial declaration dissolving a marriage in whole or in part, especially one that releases the marriage partners from all matrimonial obligations.
any formal separation of husband and wife according to established custom.
total separation; disunion:
a divorce between thought and action.
verb (used with object), divorced, divorcing.
to separate by divorce:
The judge divorced the couple.
to break the marriage contract between oneself and (one's spouse) by divorce:
She divorced her husband.
to separate; cut off:
Life and art cannot be divorced.
verb (used without object), divorced, divorcing.
to get a divorce.
Origin of divorce
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin dīvortium separation, equivalent to dīvort(ere), variant of dīvertere to divert + -ium -ium
Related forms
divorceable, adjective
divorcer, noun
divorcive, adjective
nondivorced, adjective
undivorceable, adjective
undivorced, adjective
6. dissociate, divide, disconnect, split, disjoin. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for divorced
  • Now divorced, she is back home with her family and attending school again.
  • divorced from any real human experience of the place, the images became mute.
  • They're a couple, but somehow got divorced, and ended up at opposite ends of the state.
  • The language of letters has more definitely divorced itself from the dialect of everyday life.
  • Buck fever means a state of intense nervous excitement which may be entirely divorced from timidity.
  • It would be interesting to know if high testosterone divorced males ultimately have more children than lower testosterone males.
  • The rest of this article is opinionated and totally divorced from the indicated research.
  • The stories had to make sense in context and usually were not completely divorced from the experience of the audience.
  • His parents had divorced several years earlier but both still suffered from depression.
  • The scientific community is not divorced from society.
British Dictionary definitions for divorced


the dissolution of a marriage by judgment of a court or by accepted custom
a judicial decree declaring a marriage to be dissolved
a separation, esp one that is total or complete
to separate or be separated by divorce; give or obtain a divorce (to a couple or from one's spouse)
(transitive) to remove or separate, esp completely
Derived Forms
divorceable, adjective
divorcer, noun
divorcive, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin dīvortium from dīvertere to separate; see divert


a man who has been divorced
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for divorced



late 14c., from Old French divorce (14c.), from Latin divortium "separation, dissolution of marriage," from divertere "to separate, leave one's husband, turn aside" (see divert). Not distinguished in English from legal separation until mid-19c.


late 14c., from Old French divorcer, from divorce (see divorce (n.)). Related: Divorced; divorcing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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divorced in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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