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From Anglo-Norman desevrer, Old French dessevrer, from Latin dissēperō, from dis- + sēparō.



dissever (third-person singular simple present dissevers, present participle dissevering, simple past and past participle dissevered)

  1. To separate; to split apart.
    • Sir Philip Sidney
      The storm so dissevered the company [] that most of them never met again.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.16:
      Philosophers, Socrates continues, try to dissever the soul from communion with the body, whereas other people think that life is not worth living for a man who has ‘no sense of pleasure and no part in bodily pleasure’.
  2. To divide into separate parts.
    If the bridge is destroyed, the shores are dissevered.


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