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sunder

[ suhn-der ]
/ ˈsʌn dər /
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verb (used with object)

to separate; part; divide; sever.

verb (used without object)

to become separated; part.

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Origin of sunder

before 900; Middle English sundren,Old English sundrian; cognate with German sondern,Old Norse sundra;see sundry

OTHER WORDS FROM sunder

sun·der·a·ble, adjectivesun·der·ance, nounsun·der·er, nounun·sun·dered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sunder

sunder
/ (ˈsʌndə) archaic, or literary /

verb

to break or cause to break apart or in pieces

noun

in sunder into pieces; apart

Derived forms of sunder

sunderable, adjectivesunderance, nounsunderer, noun

Word Origin for sunder

Old English sundrian; related to Old Norse sundr asunder, Gothic sundrō apart, Old High German suntar, Latin sine without
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