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abscind

[ab-sind]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to sever.
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Origin of abscind

1650–60; < Latin abscindere, equivalent to ab- ab- + scindere to divide, tear
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Related Words

break, cut, tear, isolate, partition, subdivide, cross, segregate, split, carve, rend, dissociate, disunite, dismember, sever, disengage, segment, section, sunder, branch

Word Origin and History for abscind

v.

1650s, from Latin abscindere "to cut off" (see abscissa). Related: Abscinded; abscinding.

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