Sunder meaning

sŭn'dər
To break into two or more pieces or parts; sever.
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To force or keep apart.
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To form a barrier or border between.

A river that sunders the two mountain ranges.

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To dissolve (a connection or relationship).

A disagreement that sundered their friendship.

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To become broken into parts or disunited.
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To break apart; separate; part; split.
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(dialectal or obsolete) Sundry; different.
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To break or separate or to break apart, especially with force.
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(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.

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(UK, dialect, dated) To expose to the sun and wind.

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A separation into parts; a division or severance.
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in sunder
  • Into parts or pieces.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of sunder

  • Middle English sundren from Old English sundrian
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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 sønder (“apart, asunder"), Latin sine (“without").
    From Wiktionary
  • From Middle English sundren (“to separate, part, divide"), from Old English sundrian (“to separate, split, part, divide"), from Proto-Germanic *sundrōnÄ… (“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 söndra (“to divide"). More at sundry.
    From Wiktionary