zerreißen

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German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German [Term?], zer- +‎ reißen.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /t͡sɛɐ̯ˈʁaɪ̯sn̩/, /t͡sɛɐ̯ˈʁaɪ̯sən/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

zerreißen (class 1 strong, third-person singular present zerreißt, past tense zerriss, past participle zerrissen, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. (intransitive) to rip, to tear [auxiliary sein]
    Es sieht aus, dein Hemd ist zerrissen.
    It looks like your shirt is torn.
  2. (transitive) to rip up, to tear up [auxiliary haben]
    Sie zerriss den Brief in viele kleine Stückchen, die sie eins nach dem anderen ins Feuer warf.
    She tore the letter up into many small pieces, which she threw into the fire one at a time.
  3. (transitive) to disrupt, to break (silence, calm, etc.) [auxiliary haben]
    Ein Schuss zerriss plötzlich die Stille.
    Suddenly, a shot broke the silence.

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Further reading[edit]

  • zerreißen” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache