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English

Etymology

Originally two words; from Old English on (a (preposition)) sundran (separate position). Cognate with Danish sønder, Swedish sönder, Dutch zonder and Icelandic sundur, from Old Norse í sundr, akin to Gothic 𐍃𐌿𐌽𐌳𐍂𐍉 (sundro).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /əˈsʌndə/

Adverb

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Positive
asunder

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  1. Into separate parts or pieces; apart
    Lest anyone find her treasure, she tore the map asunder and cast its pieces into the wind.

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