verb (used with object)

to separate; part; divide; sever.

verb (used without object)

to become separated; part.

Origin of sunder

before 900; Middle English sundren, Old English sundrian; cognate with German sondern, Old Norse sundra; see sundry
Related formssun·der·a·ble, adjectivesun·der·ance, nounsun·der·er, nounun·sun·dered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sundered

slice, disconnect, divide, disjoin, undo, break, uncouple, part, split, detach, rend

Examples from the Web for sundered

Contemporary Examples of sundered

Historical Examples of sundered

  • He separates the righteous from those who must forever be sundered from their God.

    The Meaning of Evolution

    Samuel Christian Schmucker

  • The loss of the Jean on Ealan Dubh had sundered him for ever from his life of voyaging.

  • One after another the bonds that held me to it had snapped and sundered.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • We do not need any one to tell us that what God has joined cannot be sundered by man.

  • He was obliged to repeat the stroke again and again before the neck was sundered.


    Jacob Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for sundered



to break or cause to break apart or in pieces


in sunder into pieces; apart
Derived Formssunderable, 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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Word Origin and History for sundered



Old English sundrian, from sundor "separately, apart," from Proto-Germanic *sunder (cf. Old Norse sundr, Old Frisian sunder, Old High German suntar "aside, apart"), from PIE root *sen(e)- denoting "separation" (cf. Sanskrit sanutar "far away," Avestan hanare "without," Greek ater "without," Latin sine "without," Old Church Slavonic svene "without," Old Irish sain "different"). Related: Sundered; sundering.

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