dis·​sev·​er di-ˈse-vər How to pronounce dissever (audio)
dissevered; dissevering; dissevers

intransitive verb

: to come apart : disunite
disseverance noun
disseverment noun

Examples of dissever in a Sentence

placed the dissevered pieces of chicken in the roasting pan
Recent Examples on the Web Inside the fishery, a half dozen cutters in white rubber boots and thick gloves wielded long fillet knives, quickly dissevering tubs of yellowtail. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2020

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French deseivr-, stem of desevrer, from Late Latin disseparare, from Latin dis- + separare to separate

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of dissever was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dissever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissever. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


dis·​sev·​er dis-ˈev-ər How to pronounce dissever (audio)
: to separate completely
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