- to sever.
Origin of abscind
1650–60; < Latin abscindere, equivalent to ab- ab- + scindere to divide, tear
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Word Origin and History for abscind
1650s, from Latin abscindere "to cut off" (see abscissa). Related: Abscinded; abscinding.
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