Asunder Definition

Into separate parts or pieces.
Broken asunder.
American Heritage
Into parts or pieces.
Webster's New World
Apart from each other either in position or in direction.
The curtains had been drawn asunder.
American Heritage
Apart or separate in direction or position.
Webster's New World

Into separate parts or pieces; apart.

Lest anyone find her treasure, she tore the map asunder and cast its pieces into the wind.

Origin of Asunder

  • Originally two words; from Old English on (“a (preposition)”) sundran (“separate position”). Cognate with Danish sønder, Swedish sönder, Dutch zonder, Icelandic sundur and Norwegian sunder/sønder, from Old Norse í sundr, akin to Gothic (sundro).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English on sundran on on on sundran separately (from sunder apart)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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