Definition of sunder
: to break apart or in two : separate by or as if by violence or by intervening time or space
: to become parted, disunited, or severed
Examples of sunder in a Sentence
a family sundered by scandal
during the cold war East and West Berlin were sundered by an impenetrable wall
Recent Examples of sunder from the Web
At the moment, a blockade on land crossings into Qatar mostly threatens food deliveries and sundered families, said the administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sunder'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of sunder
Middle English, from Old English gesundrian, syndrian; akin to Old High German suntarōn to sunder, Old English sundor apart, Latin sine without, Sanskrit sanutar away
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of sunder
SUNDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sunder for English Language Learners
: to split apart (an organization, two people, etc.) especially in a violent way
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up sunder? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).