sunder

verb sun·der \ ˈsən-dər \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of sunder

sundered; sundering play \-d(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
:to break apart or in two :separate by or as if by violence or by intervening time or space
intransitive verb
:to become parted, disunited, or severed

Examples of sunder in a Sentence

  1. a family sundered by scandal

  2. during the cold war East and West Berlin were sundered by an impenetrable wall

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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

Synonym Discussion of sunder

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

SUNDER Defined for English Language Learners

sunder

verb

Definition of sunder for English Language Learners

  • : to split apart (an organization, two people, etc.) especially in a violent way



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