- asundre (obsolete)
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).
- (UK, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈsʌndə/
- (US, General American) enPR: ə-sŭnʹdər, IPA(key): /əˈsʌndɚ/
- Rhymes: -ʌndə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: asun‧der
- (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.
- c. 1600,, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act III, Scene 1,
- Page. I warrant you, he’s the man should fight with him.
- Robert Shallow. […] It appears so by his weapons. Keep them asunder:
- 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Psalm 2.3,
- Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
- 1726, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, Volume 1, Part 1, Chapter 3, p. 57,
- He desired I would stand like a Colossus, with my Legs as far asunder as I conveniently could.
- 1866, Charles Dickens, The Signal-Man:
- On both of those occasions, he came back to the fire with the inexplicable air upon him which I had remarked, without being able to define, when we were so far asunder.
- 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.
- See also Thesaurus:asunder