adverb, adjective

into separate parts; in or into pieces: Lightning split the old oak tree asunder.
apart or widely separated: as wide asunder as the polar regions.

Origin of asunder

before 1000; Middle English; Old English on sundrum apart. See a-1, sundry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for asunder

disconnected, divided, loose, separated, split, torn

Examples from the Web for asunder

Historical Examples of asunder

  • She would see who would keep them asunder now she had made up her mind!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Could men have put them asunder, if God had joined them together?

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • Split me asunder if he would not say that I had choused him!

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Because, dear Barnaby, the endeavour of my life has been to keep you two asunder.'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • They bear our name; how could he understand the divisions that rend us asunder?

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

British Dictionary definitions for asunder


adverb, adjective

(postpositive) in or into parts or pieces; apartto tear asunder

Word Origin for asunder

Old English on sundran apart; see sunder
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

Word Origin and History for asunder

mid-12c., contraction of Old English on sundran (see sunder). Middle English used to know asunder for "distinguish, tell apart."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper