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[suhn-der] /ˈsʌn dər/
verb (used with object)
to separate; part; divide; sever.
verb (used without object)
to become separated; part.
Origin of sunder
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 Unabridged
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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


to break or cause to break apart or in pieces
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



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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