One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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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