- 1The legal dissolution of a marriage by a court or other competent body: her divorce from her first husband [mass noun]: one in three marriages ends in divorceMore example sentences
- In cases when officials ask for a divorce, will the supervisory departments ignore the Marriage Law and interfere?
- When we deal with divorces, our closing advice is always: ‘In the future, if you remarry, you should continue a prenup.’
- He has had two gossip-fest divorces and an awkward bankruptcy.
- 1.1A legal decree dissolving a marriage: my divorce comes through in two weeksMore example sentences
- In 1992 she and Charles became formally separated and their divorce was decreed in 1996.
- Unilateral divorce dissolves not only marriage but private life.
- It was decreed that after her divorce Diana, too, was no longer HRH.
- 1.2 [in singular] A separation between things which were or ought to be connected: a divorce between ownership and control in the typical large companyMore example sentences
- Why can't there be a velvet divorce between the regions, a la Czechoslovakia?
- It was the fateful divorce between the sacred and the secular.
- This is because of the divorce between religion and spirituality.
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- 1Legally dissolve one’s marriage with (someone): she divorced him in 1965 [no object]: they divorced eight years laterMore example sentences
- If a man repeats three times to his wife, ‘I divorce you,’ the couple is considered divorced.
- He was also under personal pressure as his wife wanted to divorce him.
- My wife is divorcing me, so that's February and March ruined.
- 1.1Separate or dissociate (something) from something else, typically with an undesirable effect: religion cannot be divorced from moralityMore example sentences
- But this increased security awareness is in large measure being divorced from politics.
- It also defies belief that the Law proposes that rents are divorced from the ability to pay.
- But the plot was largely divorced from character development or historical context.
- 1.2 (divorce oneself from) Dissociate oneself from (something): a desire to divorce myself from historyMore example sentences
- That's something you have to divorce yourself from.
- ‘The problem is if you divorce yourself from how much fun it is to read that comic, it isn't really a movie,’ he said.
- I don't want to divorce myself from that but I was in Glasgow.
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- Once they have reached an agreement on rearing any children, property, debts and so on, they can get the bill of divorcement on the same day.
- Your life is married to the political beyond the possibility of divorcement.
- The campaigners sought the divorcement of studios from their theatre chains, and in 1948 their wish was granted.
late Middle English: the noun from Old French divorce, from Latin divortium, based on divertere (see divert); the verb from Old French divorcer, from late Latin divortiare, from divortium.