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divorce

[ dih-vawrs ]
/ dɪˈvɔrs /
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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 spouses according to established custom.
total separation; disunion: a divorce between thought and action.
verb (used with object), di·vorced, di·vorc·ing.
verb (used without object), di·vorced, di·vorc·ing.
to get a divorce.
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Origin of divorce

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin dīvortium “separation,” equivalent to dīvort(ere), variant of dīvertere “to turn away” + -ium noun suffix; see divert, -ium

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Other definitions for divorce (2 of 2)

divorcé
[ dih-vawr-sey, -vohr-, -vawr-sey, -vohr- ]
/ dɪ vɔrˈseɪ, -voʊr-, -ˈvɔr seɪ, -ˈvoʊr- /

noun
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

See fiancée.
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British Dictionary definitions for divorce (1 of 2)

divorce
/ (dɪˈvɔːs) /

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 dīvortium from dīvertere to separate; see divert

British Dictionary definitions for divorce (2 of 2)

divorcé
/ (dɪˈvɔːseɪ) /

noun
a man who has been divorced
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