Definition of sunder in English:



[with object]literary
  • Split apart.

    ‘a universe sundered ages ago in a divine war’
    • ‘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.’
    split, cut up, cleave, carve up, slice up, chop up, split up
    divide, split, cleave, separate, rend, rive, sever, break apart, break open
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  • in sunder

    • 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.