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sunder

[suhn-der] /ˈsʌn dər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to separate; part; divide; sever.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become separated; part.
Origin of sunder
900
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
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  • He separates the righteous from those who must forever be sundered from their God.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • The loss of the Jean on Ealan Dubh had sundered him for ever from his life of voyaging.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • One after another the bonds that held me to it had snapped and sundered.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • We do not need any one to tell us that what God has joined cannot be sundered by man.

  • He was obliged to repeat the stroke again and again before the neck was sundered.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • There are a thousand ties, and tender ties too, that must be sundered.

    Thoughts on Missions

    Sheldon Dibble
  • The sundered flakes of crimson twist and turn, they shrink, yet do not flee.

    The Masque of the Elements Herman Scheffauer
  • Look to that future where the sundered ties of earth are reunited.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • Thoughts only, not dislikes, not indifferences, sundered them.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for sundered

sunder

/ˈsʌndə/
verb
1.
to break or cause to break apart or in pieces
noun
2.
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
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Word Origin and History for sundered

sunder

v.

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.

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