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divorce

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noun di·vorce \də-ˈvȯrs also dī-\

Definition of divorce

  1. 1 :  the action or an instance of legally dissolving a marriage

  2. 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


First Known Use: 14th century


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divorce

verb di·vorce

Definition of divorce

divorced

divorcing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to end marriage with (one's spouse) by divorce <she divorced her husband> b :  to dissolve the marriage contract between <they were divorced last year>

  3. 2 :  to make or keep separate :  separate <divorce church from state>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to obtain a divorce

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.

15th Century

First Known Use of divorce

15th century

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>.

divorcé

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

Definition of divorcé

  1. :  a divorced man

1877

First Known Use of divorcé

1877



DIVORCE Defined for English Language Learners

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divorce

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noun di·vorce \də-ˈvȯrs also dī-\

Definition of divorce for English Language Learners

  • : the ending of a marriage by a legal process

  • : a complete separation between two things


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divorce

verb di·vorce

Definition of divorce for English Language Learners

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

  • : to make or keep (something) separate


divorcé

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

Definition of divorcé for English Language Learners

  • : a man who is divorced


DIVORCE Defined for Kids

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divorce

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noun di·vorce \də-ˈvȯrs\

Definition of divorce for Students

  1. :  a legal ending of a marriage


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divorce

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verb di·vorce

Definition of divorce for Students

divorced

divorcing

  1. :  to end a marriage legally :  get a divorce


Law Dictionary

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divorce

noun di·vorce

Legal Definition of divorce

  1. :  the dissolution of a valid marriage granted especially on specified statutory grounds (as adultery) arising after the marriage — compare annulment Editor's 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 di·vorce

Legal Definition of divorce

divorced

divorcing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to dissolve the marriage of (a spouse) by judgment or decree of divorce

  3. 2 :  to sever the marital relationship with (a spouse) by means of a judgment or decree of divorce

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to obtain a divorce



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