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into separate parts; in or into pieces:
Lightning split the old oak tree asunder.
apart or widely separated:
as wide asunder as the polar regions.
Historical Examples

To him it was as if the ties that had bound him to them were asunder, and he was become an outcast.
The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill

She would see who would keep them asunder now she had made up her mind!
Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald

Down the boat was dashed, with a blow that (so it seemed to the unaccustomed spectators) must tear it asunder.
Ruth Fielding at Lighthouse Point Alice B. Emerson

Could men have put them asunder, if God had joined them together?
Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock

“It is my opinion that this day will never come to an end,” said Prince, with a yawn that nearly rent him asunder.
Eight Cousins Louisa M. Alcott

They bear our name; how could he understand the divisions that rend us asunder?
Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael

What God has joined together, it is useless to expect to have separate and asunder.
Practical Religion John Charles Ryle

It was Hagen drew his sword and took the proud Brynild and hewed her asunder.
Epic and Romance W. P. Ker

You will only lose the price of laying what bricks are already laid, and of taking part of them asunder.
Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson

And straightway Attus took the whetstone and cut it asunder.
Stories From Livy Alfred Church

adverb, adjective
(postpositive) in or into parts or pieces; apart: to tear asunder

mid-12c., contraction of Old English on sundran (see sunder). Middle English used to know asunder for “distinguish, tell apart.”


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