verb sun·der \ˈsən-dər\

: to split apart (an organization, two people, etc.) especially in a violent way

sun·deredsun·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of SUNDER

transitive verb
:  to break apart or in two :  separate by or as if by violence or by intervening time or space
intransitive verb
:  to become parted, disunited, or severed

Examples of SUNDER

  1. a family sundered by scandal
  2. <during the cold war East and West Berlin were sundered by an impenetrable wall>

Origin of SUNDER

Middle English, from Old English gesundrian, syndrian; akin to Old High German suntarōn to sunder, Old English sundor apart, Latin sine without, Sanskrit sanutar away
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with SUNDER


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