What does sunder mean?

Definitions for sunder
ˈsʌn dərsun·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sunderverb

    break apart or in two, using violence

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sundernoun

    Two; two parts.

    Etymology: syndrian , Saxon.

    He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder. Ps.

  2. To Sunderverb

    To part; to separate; to divide.

    Etymology: syndrian , Saxon.

    Vexation almost stops my breath,
    That sundred friends greet in the hour of death. William Shakespeare.

    It is sundred from the main land by a sandy plain. Carew.

    She that should all parts to reunion bow,
    She that had all magnetick force alone,
    To draw and fasten sundred parts in one. John Donne.

    A sundred clock is piecemeal laid,
    Not to be lost, but by the maker’s hand
    Repolish’d, without error then to stand. John Donne.

    When both the chiefs are sunder’d from the fight,
    Then to the lawful king restore his right. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Th’ enormous weight was cast,
    Which Crantor’s body sunder’d at the waist. Dryden.

    Bears, tigers, wolves, the lion’s angry brood,
    Whom heav’n endu’d with principles of blood,
    He wisely sundred from the rest, to yell
    In forests. Dryden.

    Bring me lightning, give me thunder;
    —— Jove may kill, but ne’er shall sunder. George Granville.


  1. sunder

    To sunder is to separate or break apart something by force or violence, or to divide into parts. It suggests a complete and often painful division. The term is used in a physical context, such as sundering a piece of wood, or in a more abstract context, such as sundering a relationship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sunderverb

    to disunite in almost any manner, either by rending, cutting, or breaking; to part; to put or keep apart; to separate; to divide; to sever; as, to sunder a rope; to sunder a limb; to sunder friends

  2. Sunderverb

    to part; to separate

  3. Sunderverb

    a separation into parts; a division or severance

  4. Sunderverb

    to expose to the sun and wind

  5. Etymology: [See Sunder, v. t., and cf. Asunder.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sunder

    sun′dėr, v.t. to separate: to divide.—ns. Sun′derance; Sun′derment.—In sunder (B.), asunder. [A.S. syndrian, to separate—sundor, separate; Ice. sundr, asunder.]

Editors Contribution

  1. sunder

    Sunder to break apart into two which cannot be whole again.

    Sunder a state of being divorce or separate from wed lock.

    Submitted by JP03 on September 17, 2015  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sunder is ranked #44500 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sunder surname appeared 483 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sunder.

    60.6% or 293 total occurrences were White.
    32.3% or 156 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.2% or 11 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sunder in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sunder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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