[ dih-sev-er ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to sever; separate.

  2. to divide into parts.

verb (used without object)
  1. to part; separate.

Origin of dissever

1250–1300; Middle English des(s)everen<Old French dessevrer<Late Latin dissēparāre, equivalent to Latin dis-dis-1 + sēparāre to separate

Other words from dissever

  • dis·sev·er·ance, dis·sev·er·ment, dis·sev·er·a·tion, noun
  • un·dis·sev·ered, adjective

Words Nearby dissever

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How to use dissever in a sentence

  • But—and I forbear to lead up to it artistically—I dissever myself from your chariot wheels.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • So the man was able to dissever the ghastly head and thus to slay the monstrous dragon.

    Tales of Fantasy and Fact | Brander Matthews
  • Secrecy and guilt go so perpetually together, that it is almost difficult for the mind to dissever them.

    The Doctor's Wife | M. E. Braddon
  • You can dissever none of these facts one from the other, and we now approach the “one man principle.”

    The Arena | Various
  • Like a white dove, the soul hovered for a moment above this body, of which the exhausted materials were about to dissever.

British Dictionary definitions for dissever


/ (dɪˈsɛvə) /

  1. to break off or become broken off

  2. (tr) to divide up into parts

Origin of dissever

C13: from Old French dessevrer, from Late Latin dis- 1 + sēparāre to separate

Derived forms of dissever

  • disseverance, disseverment or disseveration, noun

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