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asunder

[uh-suhn-der] /əˈsʌn dər/
adverb, adjective
1.
into separate parts; in or into pieces:
Lightning split the old oak tree asunder.
2.
apart or widely separated:
as wide asunder as the polar regions.
Origin of asunder
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English on sundrum apart. See a-1, sundry
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  • To him it was as if the ties that had bound him to them were asunder, and he was become an outcast.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • An inexplicable reserve had risen up and thrust them asunder.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Down the boat was dashed, with a blow that (so it seemed to the unaccustomed spectators) must tear it asunder.

  • If it is narrow for me, I must move it asunder that I may have more room.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • "It is my opinion that this day will never come to an end," said Prince, with a yawn that nearly rent him asunder.

    Eight Cousins Louisa M. Alcott
  • They had also invented a torpedo that could rend it asunder.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • What God has joined together, it is useless to expect to have separate and asunder.

    Practical Religion John Charles Ryle
  • We are told that he had been bound with chains, but in his fierce madness had burst them asunder.

    Humanity in the City E. H. Chapin
  • You will only lose the price of laying what bricks are already laid, and of taking part of them asunder.

  • She would see who would keep them asunder now she had made up her mind!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for asunder

asunder

/əˈsʌndə/
adverb, adjective
1.
(postpositive) in or into parts or pieces; apart: to tear asunder
Word Origin
Old English on sundran apart; see sunder
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Word Origin and History for asunder
adv.

mid-12c., contraction of Old English on sundran (see sunder). Middle English used to know asunder for "distinguish, tell apart."

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