[ uh-suhn-der ]
/ əˈsʌn dər /

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.

Nearby words

  1. astutely,
  2. astyanax,
  3. astylar,
  4. asu,
  5. asunción,
  6. asur,
  7. asura,
  8. asw,
  9. aswan,
  10. aswan dam

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

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British Dictionary definitions for asunder


/ (əˈsʌndə) /

adverb, adjective

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

Word Origin for asunder

Old English on sundran apart; see sunder

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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."

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