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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The legal dissolution of a marriage.
  • n. A complete or radical severance of closely connected things.
  • transitive v. To dissolve the marriage bond between.
  • transitive v. To end marriage with (one's spouse) by way of legal divorce.
  • transitive v. To cut off; separate or disunite: an idea that was completely divorced from reality. See Synonyms at separate.
  • intransitive v. To obtain a divorce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The legal dissolution of a marriage.
  • n. A separation of connected things.
  • v. To legally dissolve a marriage between two people.
  • v. To end one's own marriage in this way.
  • v. To separate something that was connected.
  • v. To obtain a legal divorce.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A legal dissolution of the marriage contract by a court or other body having competent authority. This is properly a divorce, and called, technically, divorce a vinculo matrimonii.
  • n. The separation of a married woman from the bed and board of her husband -- divorce a mensa et toro (or a mensa et thoro), “from bed and board”.
  • n. The decree or writing by which marriage is dissolved.
  • n. Separation; disunion of things closely united.
  • n. That which separates.
  • transitive v. To dissolve the marriage contract of, either wholly or partially; to separate by divorce.
  • transitive v. To separate or disunite; to sunder.
  • transitive v. To make away; to put away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A legal dissolution of the bond of marriage.
  • n. Hence—2. Complete separation; absolute disjunction; abrogation of any close relation: as, to make divorce between soul and body; the divorce of church and state.
  • n. The sentence or writing by which marriage is dissolved.
  • To dissolve the marriage contract between by process of law; release legally from the marriage tie; release by legal process from sustaining the relation or performing the duties of husband or wife: absolutely or with from in this and the following senses. See divorce, n., 1.
  • Hence To release or sever from any close connection; force asunder.
  • To take away; put away.
  • n. A divorced man.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the legal dissolution of a marriage
  • v. part; cease or break association with
  • v. get a divorce; formally terminate a marriage

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dīvortium, from dīvortere, to divert, variant of dīvertere; see divert.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French divorce, from Latin dīvortium, from dīvertere ("to turn aside"), from dī- ("apart") + vertere ("to turn"); see verse. (Wiktionary)

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