asunder

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Originally two words; from Old English on (a (preposition)) sundran (separate position), from Proto-Germanic *sunder, *sundraz. Cognate with Danish sønder, Swedish sönder, Dutch zonder, German sonder, Icelandic sundur, Faroese sundur and Norwegian sunder/sønder; akin to Gothic 𐍃𐌿𐌽𐌳𐍂𐍉 (sundrō).

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asunder (comparative more asunder, superlative most asunder)

  1. (archaic, literary) Into separate parts or pieces.
    Synonyms: apart, in twain
    Lest anyone find her treasure, she tore the map asunder and cast its pieces into the wind.

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