verbsun·dered, sun·der·ing, sun·ders
- To break into two or more pieces or parts; sever: “Several disputed sculptures … are sundered, with fragments residing in separate museums” ( Lee Rosenbaum )
- To force or keep apart: “Even our own kindred in the North are sundered from us” ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) See Synonyms at separate.
- To form a barrier or border between: a river that sunders the two mountain ranges.
- To dissolve (a connection or relationship): a disagreement that sundered their friendship.
To become broken into parts or disunited.
Origin of sunder
Middle English sundren from
Old English sundrian
(comparative more sunder, superlative most sunder)
- (dialectal or obsolete) Sundry; different.
From Middle English, from Old English sundor- (“separate, different"), from Proto-Germanic *sundraz (“isolated, particular, alone"), from Proto-Indo-European *snter-, *seni-, *senu-, *san- (“apart, without, for oneself"). Cognate with Old Saxon sundar (“particular, special"), Dutch zonder (“without"), German sonder (“special, set apart"), Old Norse sundr (“separate"), Danish sÃ¸nder (“apart, asunder"), Latin sine (“without").
(third-person singular simple present sunders, present participle sundering, simple past and past participle sundered)
- To break or separate or to break apart, especially with force.
- (intransitive) To part, separate.
- 2003, Dean Barton, Searching for the Evergreen Man, Llumina Press, ISBN 9781932047233, page 69:
- ... Carlo finally saw Everything, before it sunders into things; he saw Knowledge before it sunders into knowing; he saw Integrity before it sunders in integrals; he saw Unity before it sunders into units.
- (UK, dialect, dated) To expose to the sun and wind.
- a separation into parts; a division or severance
From Middle English sundren (“to separate, part, divide"), from Old English sundrian (“to separate, split, part, divide"), from Proto-Germanic *sundrÅnÄ… (“to separate"), from Proto-Indo-European *sen(e)- (“separate, without"). Cognate with Scots sinder, sunder (“to separate, divide, split up"), Dutch zonderen (“to isolate"), German sondern (“to separate"), Swedish sÃ¶ndra (“to divide"). More at sundry.