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

v separate into parts or portions

carve up, divide, divvy, separate, split, split up
unify, unite
act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
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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
divide into triangles or give a triangular form to
unitise, unitize
divide (bulk material) and process as units
divide into lots, as of land, for example
divide into parts
sliver, splinter
divide into slivers or splinters
divide into paragraphs, as of text
divide into cantons, of a country
Balkanise, Balkanize
divide a territory into small, hostile states
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change integrity
change in physical make-up

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