One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Divide or sever (something)‘a European tradition which had not been willing to dissever reason from the law of nature’
cut off, chop off, lop off, hack off, cleave, hew off, shear off, slice off, splitView synonyms
- ‘It made sense to her, considering that most of her friends, besides Evie, were men and she didn't want to be dissevered from her closest acquaintances.’
- ‘There were a lot of the fun things to be dissevered.’
- ‘‘America’ remains a malaprop incapable of dissevering its rhetorical trusses to colonial discourse.’
- ‘The overall aim is sustainable pulsing - swarm networks must be able to coalesce rapidly and stealthily on a target, then dissever and redisperse, immediately ready to recombine for a new pulse.’
- ‘Uncannily, Wakefield ‘had contrived, or rather he had happened, to dissever himself from the world - to vanish - to give up his place and privileges with living men, without being admitted among the dead’.’
Middle English (in the sense ‘separate’): from Old French dessevrer, from late Latin disseparare, from dis- (expressing intensive force) + Latin separare ‘to separate’.
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