- a judicial declaration dissolving a marriage in whole or in part, especially one that releases the marriage partners from all matrimonial obligations.Compare judicial separation.
- any formal separation of husband and wife according to established custom.
- total separation; disunion: a divorce between thought and action.
- to separate by divorce: The judge divorced the couple.
- to break the marriage contract between oneself and (one's spouse) by divorce: She divorced her husband.
- to separate; cut off: Life and art cannot be divorced.
- to get a divorce.
Origin of divorce
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- a divorced man.
Origin of divorcé
Examples from the Web for divorce
Just a week after her divorce, she was invited to a wedding by her sister-in-law.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
The pair began their relationship in 2007, and went public with it in 2010 after her divorce was finalized.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
She moved out a month later, and du Pont subsequently filed for divorce.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
Divorce ensued, along with a deluge of humiliating media coverage.The Very Rich Should Divorce Very Quietly
November 6, 2014
Ruby also danced in a chorus of a Hollywood club for a while, as her marriage deteriorated and finally ended in divorce.Gay Talese on Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range
October 31, 2014
Should you have thought she'd marry so soon after her divorce?
The good bishop believed she had jeopardised her soul with divorce.
I am bound, after the divorce, to marry the woman I have seduced.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
But I can't get a divorce while I'm shut up in this house and watched.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Nothing human could divorce ties which nature had so strongly woven.
- the dissolution of a marriage by judgment of a court or by accepted custom
- a judicial decree declaring a marriage to be dissolved
- a separation, esp one that is total or complete
- to separate or be separated by divorce; give or obtain a divorce (to a couple or from one's spouse)
- (tr) to remove or separate, esp completely
- a man who has been divorced
Word Origin and History for divorce
late 14c., from Old French divorce (14c.), from Latin divortium "separation, dissolution of marriage," from divertere "to separate, leave one's husband, turn aside" (see divert). Not distinguished in English from legal separation until mid-19c.
late 14c., from Old French divorcer, from divorce (see divorce (n.)). Related: Divorced; divorcing.