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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
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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Examples from the web for sundered
  • And who knows, maybe some of these sundered strands of humanity achieved civilization way before us.
  • Right now the political animal has sundered honor for avarice, altruism for ambition.
  • How the war over dolphin rights sundered the friendship between two scientists.
  • In other cases they fled only after it was clear that the family unit had been permanently sundered.
British Dictionary definitions for sundered

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 sundered

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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