- to separate; part; divide; sever.
- to become separated; part.
Origin of sunder
Examples from the Web for sunder
Could I not have riven his body in sunder and strewn it on the waves?The Aeneid of Virgil
We glare and fume and could gladly see them all maced in sunder with battle-axes.Pipefuls
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
- to break or cause to break apart or in pieces
- in sunder into pieces; apart
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.