[ dih-vawrs, -vohrs ]
/ dɪˈvɔrs, -ˈvoʊrs /
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·vorced, di·vorc·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), di·vorced, di·vorc·ing.
to get a divorce.
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Origin of divorce
OTHER WORDS FROM divorce
di·vorce·a·ble, adjectivedi·vorc·er, noundi·vor·cive, adjectivenon·di·vorced, adjective
un·di·vorce·a·ble, adjectiveun·di·vorced, adjective
Definition for divorce (2 of 2)
[ dih-vawr-sey, -vohr-, -vawr-sey, -vohr- ]
/ dɪ vɔrˈseɪ, -voʊr-, -ˈvɔr seɪ, -ˈvoʊr- /
a divorced man.
Origin of divorcé
First recorded in 1805–15; from French, noun use of masculine past participle of divorcer, from Medieval Latin dīvortiāre “to divorce,” derivative of Latin dīvortium “separation”; see divorce
usage note for divorcé
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British Dictionary definitions for divorce (1 of 2)
/ (dɪˈvɔːs) /
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
Derived forms of divorcedivorceable, adjectivedivorcer, noundivorcive, adjective
Word Origin for divorce
C14: from Old French, from Latin dīvortium from dīvertere to separate; see divert
British Dictionary definitions for divorce (2 of 2)
/ (dɪˈvɔːseɪ) /
a man who has been divorced
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