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divorce

di·vorce

divorce

 
pronunciation:
dih vors
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the legal termination of a marriage contract, or the formal separation of spouses in societies without written laws.
synonyms:
dissolution
similar words:
annulment, disunion, parting, separation, split-up, termination
definition 2: a complete and thorough separation.
In this case, there is a divorce of law from reason.
synonyms:
dissolution, severance, split
similar words:
disunion, separation
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: divorced, divorces, divorcing
definition 1: to legally end a marriage with or between.
She divorced her husband.A judge in Nevada divorced the couple.
antonyms:
unite, wed
similar words:
annul, dissolve, separate, terminate, void
definition 2: to separate or keep separate.
synonyms:
dissociate, disunite, separate
similar words:
part, sever, split
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to legally end a marriage.
antonyms:
wed
similar words:
dissociate, disunite, separate, sever, terminate
derivations: divorceable (adj.), divorcer (n.)
Word History
Divorce is from a Latin word that means "to separate", "leave one's husband," or "turn aside."
Word Builder: divorce +
  • divorced:
    no longer married because of divorce.