Definition of sunder in US English:



[with object]literary
  • Split apart.

    ‘the crunch of bone when it is sundered’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are simply sundered, and to bridge them is a task, not a gift.’
    • ‘Alienated from truthful knowledge, and unable to trust perceptual data without supplementary information, the individual is sundered from the world.’
    • ‘According to Orthodox theology, death ‘does not mean the destruction of man but merely the sundering of the soul from the body’.’
    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!’
      • ‘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.