Definition of sunder in English:

sunder

verb

[WITH OBJECT]literary
  • Split apart.

    ‘a universe sundered ages ago in a divine war’
    • ‘They are simply sundered, and to bridge them is a task, not a gift.’
    • ‘Alienated from truthful knowledge, and unable to trust perceptual data without supplementary information, the individual is sundered from the world.’
    • ‘According to Orthodox theology, death ‘does not mean the destruction of man but merely the sundering of the soul from the body’.’
    • ‘But the process is apparently irreversible and non-renewable, and so if physical strain sunders the fibril bonds, tearing the tendon, it is impossible to reform them, at least in living tissue.’
    split, cut up, cleave, carve up, slice up, chop up, split up
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Phrases

  • in sunder

    • Apart or into pieces.

      ‘hew their bones in sunder!’
      • ‘And the car passes over them, and crushes them, and cuts them in sunder, and so they perish on the spot.’
      • ‘He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.’

Origin

Late Old English sundrian; related to German sondern.

Pronunciation:

sunder

/ˈsʌndə/