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
- ‘Alienated from truthful knowledge, and unable to trust perceptual data without supplementary information, the individual is sundered from the world.’
- ‘They are simply sundered, and to bridge them is a task, not a gift.’
- ‘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.’
literary Apart or into pieces.‘hew their bones in sunder!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And the car passes over them, and crushes them, and cuts them in sunder, and so they perish on the spot.’
Late Old English sundrian; related to German sondern.
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