Divide or sever (something)
cut off, chop off, lop off, hack off, cleave, hew off, shear off, slice off, splitView synonyms
- ‘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’.’
- ‘There were a lot of the fun things to be dissevered.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘America’ remains a malaprop incapable of dissevering its rhetorical trusses to colonial discourse.’
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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