asunder

adverb or adjective
asun·​der | \ ə-ˈsən-dər How to pronounce asunder (audio) \

Definition of asunder

1 : into parts torn asunder
2 : apart from each other … he staggered away, with his legs very wide asunder.— Charles Dickens

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Asunder dates from the 14th century and can be traced back to the Old English word sundor, meaning "apart." It is a relative of the verb sunder, which means "to break apart or in two" or "to become parted or severed." The "into parts" sense of asunder is often used in the phrase tear asunder, which can be used both literally and figuratively (as in "a family torn asunder by tragedy"). The "separated in position" sense can be found in the phrase poles asunder, used to describe two things that are as vastly far apart as the poles of the Earth.

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Recent Examples on the Web Some mighty tornado, or resistless cyclone, may rend its massive blocks asunder and hurl huge fragments to the ground. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2021 One feels his two-ness, — an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. Malaika Jabali, Essence, 2 July 2021 Within hours of the verdict, Los Angeles - already at a breaking point of racial division - would be torn asunder. Lacey Vorrasi-banis, EW.com, 22 June 2021 Pink and yellow fiberglass insulation pokes out from roofs and rooms torn asunder; other homes appear to be totally destroyed and have been reduced to piles of debris. NBC News, 21 June 2021 It’s all about working together, but sometimes that’s impossible when the entire kitchen has been swept away by the sea or torn asunder by cars careening down the highway. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, 29 Mar. 2021 And childbirth sounds scary as hell — to be torn asunder! New York Times, 3 May 2021 It’s all about working together, but sometimes that’s impossible when the entire kitchen has been swept away by the sea or torn asunder by cars careening down the highway. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, 29 Mar. 2021 It’s all about working together, but sometimes that’s impossible when the entire kitchen has been swept away by the sea or torn asunder by cars careening down the highway. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of asunder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for asunder

see sunder

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“Asunder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asunder. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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asunder

adverb
asun·​der | \ ə-ˈsən-dər How to pronounce asunder (audio) \

Kids Definition of asunder

: into parts torn asunder

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