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[uh-suhn-der] /əˈsʌn dər/
adverb, adjective
into separate parts; in or into pieces:
Lightning split the old oak tree asunder.
apart or widely separated:
as wide asunder as the polar regions.
Origin of asunder
before 1000; Middle English; Old English on sundrum apart. See a-1, sundry Unabridged
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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


adverb, adjective
(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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