transitive verb ab·scind \abˈsind\

Definition of abscind


  1. :  to cut off

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Origin and Etymology of abscind

borrowed from Latin abscindere “to tear off or away,” from ab- 1ab- + scindere “to split, separate, tear apart,” going back to Indo-European *sḱhi-n-d-, nasal present formation from the base *sḱhei̯d- “split, separate” — more at 1shed

First Known Use: 1610

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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