Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for sunder
Historical Examples
  • Could I not have riven his body in sunder and strewn it on the waves?

  • We glare and fume and could gladly see them all maced in sunder with battle-axes.


    Christopher Morley
  • When they could no longer rule the nation, they set out to sunder it.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • I know how many dear and precious ties you must, for a time, sunder.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • The King hath rent your bonds in sunder, and how do ye repay him?

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • But you would not sunder so holy a bond as that of marriage, Hugh?

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  • "Strangers and foes do sunder and not kiss," said Helena to Bertram.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan
  • This is her unforgivable sin, the attempt to sunder the body from the soul.

    Why we should read S. P. B. Mais
  • They say, Let us break their bands in sunder and cast away their cords.

  • It affirms that the great body of humanity is one, and that it is death to sunder it.

    Fifty Notable Years John G. Adams
British Dictionary definitions for sunder


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for sunder

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for sunder

Word Value for sunder

Scrabble Words With Friends