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sunder

[suhn-der]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to separate; part; divide; sever.
verb (used without object)
  1. 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 formssun·der·a·ble, adjectivesun·der·ance, nounsun·der·er, nounun·sun·dered, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The Devildiabolos the slanderer and the sunderer, the principle of divisionreigns.

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British Dictionary definitions for sunderer

sunder

verb
  1. to break or cause to break apart or in pieces
noun
  1. in sunder into pieces; apart
Derived Formssunderable, adjectivesunderance, nounsunderer, 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 sunderer

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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