dissever

To dissever is to separate or divide something. If you spend too much time staring at screens, you might want to dissever yourself from technology and go camping this weekend.

These days, the verb dissever is considered old-fashioned or primarily literary — you're more likely to use words like sever or detach. It can be useful if you need a more poetic way to talk about dividing things, though: "Don't go to Maine for the summer; I can't bear to dissever my heart from yours!" Dissever comes from a Latin root, separare, "to pull apart."

Definitions of dissever
  1. verb
    separate into parts or portions
    synonyms: carve up, divide, divvy, separate, split, split up
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    Antonyms:
    unify, unite
    act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
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    subdivide
    divide into smaller and smaller pieces
    format, initialise, initialize
    divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data
    sectionalise, sectionalize
    divide into sections, especially into geographic sections
    triangulate
    divide into triangles or give a triangular form to
    unitise, unitize
    divide (bulk material) and process as units
    lot
    divide into lots, as of land, for example
    parcel
    divide into parts
    sliver, splinter
    divide into slivers or splinters
    paragraph
    divide into paragraphs, as of text
    canton
    divide into cantons, of a country
    Balkanise, Balkanize
    divide a territory into small, hostile states
    type of:
    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
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