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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).



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.
    • c. 1600,, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act III, Scene 1,[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,[2]
      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,[3]
      He desired I would stand like a Colossus, with my Legs as far asunder as I conveniently could.
    • 1866, Charles Dickens, The Signal-Man[4]:
      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.


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