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divorce

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noun di·vorce \də-ˈvȯrs also dī-\

Simple Definition of divorce

  • : the ending of a marriage by a legal process

  • : a complete separation between two things

Full Definition of divorce

  1. 1 :  the action or an instance of legally dissolving a marriage

  2. 2 :  separation, severance <divorce of the secular and the spiritual>

Examples of divorce

  1. Since getting a divorce, she has been raising her children alone.

  2. They went through a lengthy divorce.

  3. Their marriage ended in divorce.

  4. Financial problems are a leading cause of divorce.



Origin of divorce

Middle English divorse, from Anglo-French, from Latin divortium, from divertere, divortere to divert, to leave one's husband


First Known Use: 14th century


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divorce

verb di·vorce

Simple Definition of divorce

  • : to legally end your marriage with (your husband or wife)

  • : to make or keep (something) separate

Full Definition of divorce

di·vorceddi·vorc·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to end marriage with (one's spouse) by divorce <she divorced her husband> b :  to dissolve the marriage contract between <they were divorced last year>

  3. 2 :  to make or keep separate :  separate <divorce church from state>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to obtain a divorce

di·vorce·ment play \-ˈvȯr-smənt\ noun

Examples of divorce

  1. After years of unhappiness, she decided to divorce him.

  2. They both agreed it was best to divorce.

  3. Their constitution divorces church and state.



15th Century

First Known Use of divorce

15th century

Synonym Discussion of divorce

separate, part, divide, sever, sunder, divorce mean to become or cause to become disunited or disjointed. separate may imply any of several causes such as dispersion, removal of one from others, or presence of an intervening thing <separated her personal life from her career>. part implies the separating of things or persons in close union or association <vowed never to part>. divide implies separating into pieces or sections by cutting or breaking <civil war divided the nation>. sever implies violence especially in the removal of a part or member <a severed limb>. sunder suggests violent rending or wrenching apart <a city sundered by racial conflict>. divorce implies separating two things that commonly interact and belong together <cannot divorce scientific research from moral responsibility>.

divorcé

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noun di·vor·cé \də-ˌvȯr-ˈsā, -ˈsē, -ˈvȯr-ˌ\

Simple Definition of divorcé

  • : a man who is divorced

Full Definition of divorcé

  1. :  a divorced man

1877

First Known Use of divorcé

1877

Rhymes with divorcé

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