asunder

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Originally two words; from Old English on (a (preposition)) sundran (separate position). Cognate with Danish sønder, Swedish sönder, Dutch zonder, Icelandic sundur and Norwegian sunder/sønder, from Old Norse í sundr, akin to Gothic 𐍃𐌿𐌽𐌳𐍂𐍉 (sundro).

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asunder (comparative more asunder, superlative most asunder)

  1. Into separate parts or pieces; apart.
    Lest anyone find her treasure, she tore the map asunder and cast its pieces into the wind.
  2. 1985, Kate Bush, Running Up That Hill
    You don't want to hurt me, but see how deep the bullet lies. Unaware that I'm tearing you asunder. There is thunder in our hearts.

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