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sunder

[suhn-der] /ˈsʌn dər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to separate; part; divide; sever.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become separated; part.
Origin of sunder
900
before 900; Middle English sundren, Old English sundrian; cognate with German sondern, Old Norse sundra; see sundry
Related forms
sunderable, adjective
sunderance, noun
sunderer, noun
unsundered, adjective
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  • Of all the evil angels of humanity, that one is the most cruel whose mission it is to sunder the loves of the household.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • Could I not have riven his body in sunder and strewn it on the waves?

  • As in a swoon I lay, through which suddenly came the words: 'What God hath joined, man cannot sunder.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • We glare and fume and could gladly see them all maced in sunder with battle-axes.

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley
  • These, indeed, are the marks which sunder even the simplest civilization from barbarism.

    Ancient Town-Planning F. Haverfield
  • But you would not sunder so holy a bond as that of marriage, Hugh?

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  • For “smite in sunder, or wound the heads;” some word answering to the Latin conquassare.

    Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • They say, Let us break their bands in sunder and cast away their cords.

  • Can he come between a couple and the altar, and sunder those that God and the priest make one?

  • It affirms that the great body of humanity is one, and that it is death to sunder it.

    Fifty Notable Years John G. Adams
British Dictionary definitions for sunder

sunder

/ˈsʌndə/
verb
1.
to break or cause to break apart or in pieces
noun
2.
in sunder, into pieces; apart
Derived Forms
sunderable, adjective
sunderance, noun
sunderer, noun
Word Origin
Old English sundrian; related to Old Norse sundr asunder, Gothic sundrō apart, Old High German suntar, Latin sine without
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Word Origin and History for sunder
v.

Old English sundrian, from sundor "separately, apart," from Proto-Germanic *sunder (cf. Old Norse sundr, Old Frisian sunder, Old High German suntar "aside, apart"), from PIE root *sen(e)- denoting "separation" (cf. Sanskrit sanutar "far away," Avestan hanare "without," Greek ater "without," Latin sine "without," Old Church Slavonic svene "without," Old Irish sain "different"). Related: Sundered; sundering.

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