Definition of asunder
- torn asunder
- … 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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