[dih-vawrs, -vohrs]
a judicial declaration dissolving a marriage in whole or in part, especially one that releases the marriage partners from all matrimonial obligations. Compare judicial separation.
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.

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin dīvortium separation, equivalent to dīvort(ere), variant of dīvertere to divert + -ium -ium

divorceable, adjective
divorcer, noun
divorcive, adjective
nondivorced, adjective
undivorceable, adjective
undivorced, adjective

6. dissociate, divide, disconnect, split, disjoin.
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divorce (dɪˈvɔːs)
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 divert]

divorcé (dɪˈvɔːseɪ)
a man who has been divorced

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. divorce, from L. 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. Related: Divorced; divorcing.
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Bible Dictionary

Divorce definition

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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Example sentences
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.
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