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a·sun·der

 (ə-sŭn′dər)
adv.
1. Into separate parts or pieces: broken asunder.
2. Apart from each other either in position or in direction: The curtains had been drawn asunder.

[Middle English, from Old English on sundran : on, on; see on + sundran, separately (from sunder, apart).]

a·sun′der adj.

asunder

(əˈsʌndə)
adv, adj
(postpositive) in or into parts or pieces; apart: to tear asunder.
[Old English on sundran apart; see sunder]

a•sun•der

(əˈsʌn dər)

adv., adj.
1. into separate parts; in or into pieces.
2. apart or widely separated: as wide asunder as the polar regions.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English on sundrum apart. See a-1, sundry]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.asunder - widely separated especially in space; "as wide asunder as pole from pole"
separate - independent; not united or joint; "a problem consisting of two separate issues"; "they went their separate ways"; "formed a separate church"
Adv.1.asunder - into parts or piecesasunder - into parts or pieces; "he took his father's watch apart"; "split apart"; "torn asunder"

asunder

adverb & adjective (Literary) to pieces, apart, torn, rent, to bits, to shreds, in pieces, into pieces a dress rent asunder from shoulder to hem
Translations

asunder

[əˈsʌndəʳ] ADV to tear asunder (liter) → hacer pedazos

asunder

[əˈsʌndər] adv
to tear asunder → déchirer

asunder

adv (liter) (= apart)auseinander; (= in pieces)entzwei, in Stücke; to split asunderspalten; her heart was rent asunderihr brach das Herz; … let no man put asunder…, soll der Mensch nicht trennen or scheiden

asunder

[əˈsʌndəʳ] adv (liter) to tear asunderstrappare
References in classic literature ?
Roderigo rent his chains asunder manfully, and Hugo died in agonies of remorse and arsenic, with a wild, "Ha
Part of the distance they rode in the car, and after disembarking, passed the Pontellier mansion, which looked broken and half torn asunder.
The cavalcade had not long passed, before the branches of the bushes that formed the thicket were cautiously moved asunder, and a human visage, as fiercely wild as savage art and unbridled passions could make it, peered out on the retiring footsteps of the travelers.
But it was, perhaps, proof of the agency of other than spiritual fingers, that, after a few touches, the chords seemed to snap asunder with their own vibrations, and the music ceased.
he had much ado to maintain his seat; sometimes slipping on one side, sometimes on another, and sometimes jolted on the high ridge of his horse's backbone, with a violence that he verily feared would cleave him asunder.
Though such a potent spell seemed secretly to join the twain; openly, and to the awe-struck crew, they seemed pole-like asunder.
It tells how they was stoned and sawn asunder, and wandered about in sheep-skins and goat-skins, and was destitute, afflicted, tormented.
Sir Launcelot put his shield afore him, and put the stroke away of the one giant, and with his sword he clave his head asunder.
These were very cheering thoughts; and the sight of a great deal of snow on the ground did her further service, for any thing was welcome that might justify their all three being quite asunder at present.
It was contrary to every doctrine of her's that difference of fortune should keep any couple asunder who were attracted by resemblance of disposition; and that Elinor's merit should not be acknowledged by every one who knew her, was to her comprehension impossible.
That beck itself was then a torrent, turbid and curbless: it tore asunder the wood, and sent a raving sound through the air, often thickened with wild rain or whirling sleet; and for the forest on its banks, THAT showed only ranks of skeletons.
Her lips were half asunder, as if she meant to speak, and she drew a breath; but it escaped in a sigh instead of a sentence.