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divorce

noun di·vorce \ də-ˈvȯrs also dī- \

Definition of divorce

1 law :the action or an instance of legally dissolving (see 1dissolve 1d) a marriage
2 :separation, severance
  • divorce of the secular and the spiritual

Examples of divorce in a Sentence

  1. Since getting a divorce, she has been raising her children alone.

  2. They went through a lengthy divorce.

  3. Their marriage ended in divorce.

  4. Financial problems are a leading cause of divorce.

Origin and Etymology of divorce

Middle English divorse, from Anglo-French, from Latin divortium, from divertere, divortere to divert, to leave one's husband


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divorce

verb

Definition of divorce

divorced; divorcing
transitive verb
1 law
a :to legally dissolve one's marriage with :to end marriage with (one's spouse) by divorce (see 1divorce 1)
  • She divorced her husband.
b :to dissolve the marriage contract between
  • They were divorced last year.
  • They are getting divorced.
2 :to make or keep separate :separate
  • divorce church from state
  • media narratives divorced from reality
intransitive verb
law :to obtain a divorce
  • They divorced two years later.

divorcement

play \-ˈvȯr-smənt\ noun

Examples of divorce in a Sentence

  1. After years of unhappiness, she decided to divorce him.

  2. They both agreed it was best to divorce.

  3. Their constitution divorces church and state.

Origin and Etymology of divorce

Synonym Discussion of divorce

separate, part, divide, sever, sunder, divorce mean to become or cause to become disunited or disjointed. separate may imply any of several causes such as dispersion, removal of one from others, or presence of an intervening thing.
    • separated her personal life from her career
part implies the separating of things or persons in close union or association.
    • vowed never to part
divide implies separating into pieces or sections by cutting or breaking.
    • civil war divided the nation
sever implies violence especially in the removal of a part or member.
    • a severed limb
sunder suggests violent rending or wrenching apart.
    • a city sundered by racial conflict
divorce implies separating two things that commonly interact and belong together.
    • cannot divorce scientific research from moral responsibility

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divorcé

noun di·vor·cé \ də-ˌvȯr-ˈsā , -ˈsē , -ˈvȯr-ˌ \

Definition of divorcé

:a divorced man

First Known Use of divorcé

1877



DIVORCE Defined for English Language Learners

divorce

noun

Definition of divorce for English Language Learners

  • : the ending of a marriage by a legal process

  • : a complete separation between two things


divorce

verb

Definition of divorce for English Language Learners

  • : to legally end your marriage with (your husband or wife)

  • : to make or keep (something) separate


DIVORCE Defined for Kids

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divorce

noun di·vorce \ də-ˈvȯrs \

Definition of divorce for Students

:a legal ending of a marriage

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divorce

verb

Definition of divorce for Students

divorced; divorcing
:to end a marriage legally :get a divorce

Law Dictionary

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divorce

noun di·vorce

legal Definition of divorce

:the dissolution of a valid marriage granted especially on specified statutory grounds (as adultery) arising after the marriage — compare annulment
Note: The most common grounds for divorce are absence from the marital home, drug or alcohol addiction, adultery, cruelty, conviction of a crime, desertion, insanity, and nonsupport.
absolute divorce
:a divorce that completely and permanently dissolves the marital relationship and terminates marital rights (as property rights) and obligations (as fidelity)
divorce a mensa et thoro \-ˌā-ˈmen-sə-ˌet-ˈthȯr-ō, -ˌä-ˈmen-sä-ˌet-ˈthō-rō\
:a separation governed by a court order :legal separation
divorce a vinculo matrimonii \-ˌā-ˈviŋ-kyu̇-ˌlō-ˌma-trə-ˈmō-nē-ˌī, -ˌä-ˈviŋ-kü-ˌlō-ˌmä-trē-ˈmō-nē-ˌē\
:absolute divorce in this entry
limited divorce
:an intentional cessation of cohabitation between spouses :separation
no-fault divorce
:an absolute divorce that is not based on either spouse's fault and that is granted usually on the grounds of an irretrievable breakdown or when the spouses have lived apart for a statutorily specified period of time

Origin and Etymology of divorce

Middle French, from Latin divortium, from divortere, divertere to leave one's marriage partner, from di- away, apart + vertere to turn


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divorce

verb

legal Definition of divorce

divorced; divorcing
transitive verb
1 :to dissolve the marriage of (a spouse) by judgment or decree of divorce
2 :to sever the marital relationship with (a spouse) by means of a judgment or decree of divorce
intransitive verb
:to obtain a divorce


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