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put asunder (third-person singular simple present puts asunder, present participle putting asunder, simple past and past participle put asunder)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To sunder; disjoin; separate; disunite; divorce; annul; dissolve.
    What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
    • 1962, LIFE - Apr 13, 1962:
      But when husband Hilton began to play too many games involving such expressions as "snake eyes," she fled into the arms of Michael Wilding, a handsome English prince who had himself been married once and put asunder but who was still in fine shape.
    • 2002, John Witte, Law and Protestantism:
      Luther touched on an additional argument that when a Christian magistrate "puts asunder" a marriage, he is in fact operating as God, since he is God's vice-regent.

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