[ suhn-der ]
/ ˈsʌn dər /
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 sundersun·der·a·ble, adjectivesun·der·ance, nounsun·der·er, nounun·sun·dered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sunderance
/ (ˈsʌndə) archaic, or literary /
to break or cause to break apart or in pieces
in sunder into pieces; apart
Derived forms of sundersunderable, 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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