One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Split apart.‘a universe sundered ages ago in a divine war’
split, cut up, cleave, carve up, slice up, chop up, split updivide, split, cleave, separate, rend, rive, sever, break apart, break openView synonyms
- ‘According to Orthodox theology, death ‘does not mean the destruction of man but merely the sundering of the soul from the body’.’
- ‘They are simply sundered, and to bridge them is a task, not a gift.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Alienated from truthful knowledge, and unable to trust perceptual data without supplementary information, the individual is sundered from the world.’
literary 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.’
Late Old English sundrian; related to German sondern.
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