Definition of dissever in English:

dissever

Line breaks: dis|sever
Pronunciation: /dɪ(s)ˈsɛvə
 
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verb

[with object] rare
Divide or sever (something): a European tradition which had not been willing to dissever reason from the law of nature
More example sentences
  • Uncannily, Wakefield ‘had contrived, or rather he had happened, to dissever himself from the world - to vanish - to give up his place and privileges with living men, without being admitted among the dead’.
  • There were a lot of the fun things to be dissevered.
  • It made sense to her, considering that most of her friends, besides Evie, were men and she didn't want to be dissevered from her closest acquaintances.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'separate'): from Old French dessevrer, from late Latin disseparare, from dis- (expressing intensive force) + Latin separare 'to separate'.

Derivatives

disseverance

noun
More example sentences
  • The relation of disseverance and unification is itself distorted.
  • The disseverance of the operative from the speculative element of Freemasonry occurred at the beginning of the eighteenth century.

disseverment

noun
More example sentences
  • This has been accomplished by design through our government schools and the incremental disseverment of the People's sovereignty.
  • This is an instance of a very early stage of the apparent disseverment of an atoll.

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