V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to forcefully break something apart
Synonyms: separate, crack, divide, split, break, sever
Antonyms: assemble, join, unify
Tips: Sunder is derived from the Old English sundor, which means "separate." This is also the source of the word sundry. However, sundry refers to a group of separate or miscellaneous things, and sunder refers to separating things by force.
The civil war will sunder the peace of the nation. (break apart, sever, split)
The controversial issue threatened to sunder the family. (divide, separate, split)
The unity of the group could not be sundered. (separated, divided)
The court forced the company to sunder, on the grounds that it had become a monopoly. (separate, break apart)
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