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divorce

[ dih-vawrs, -vohrs ]
/ d瑟藞v蓴rs, -藞vo蕣rs /
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noun
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.
verb (used with object), di路vorced, di路vorc路ing.
verb (used without object), di路vorced, di路vorc路ing.
to get a divorce.
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Origin of divorce

1350鈥1400; Middle English <Anglo-French <Latin d墨vortium separation, equivalent to d墨vort(ere), variant of d墨vertere to divert + -ium-ium

OTHER WORDS FROM divorce

Other definitions for divorce (2 of 2)

divorc茅
[ dih-vawr-sey, -vohr-, -vawr-sey, -vohr- ]
/ d瑟 v蓴r藞se瑟, -vo蕣r-, -藞v蓴r se瑟, -藞vo蕣r- /

noun
a divorced man.

Origin of divorc茅

First recorded in 1805鈥15; from French, noun use of masculine past participle of divorcer, from Medieval Latin d墨vorti膩re 鈥渢o divorce,鈥 derivative of Latin d墨vortium 鈥渟eparation鈥; see divorce

usage note for divorc茅

See fianc茅e.
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How to use divorce in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for divorce (1 of 2)

divorce
/ (d瑟藞v蓴藧s) /

noun
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
verb
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

Derived forms of divorce

divorceable, adjectivedivorcer, noundivorcive, adjective

Word Origin for divorce

C14: from Old French, from Latin d墨vortium from d墨vertere to separate; see divert

British Dictionary definitions for divorce (2 of 2)

divorc茅
/ (d瑟藞v蓴藧se瑟) /

noun
a man who has been divorced
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