Definitions for: Divorce

[n] the legal dissolution of a marriage
[v] part; cease or break association with; "She disassociated herself from the organization when she found out the identity of the president"
[v] get a divorce; formally terminate a marriage; "The couple divorced after only 6 months"

Webster (1913) Definition: Di*vorce", n. [F. divorce, L. divortium, fr.
divortere, divertere, to turn different ways, to separate.
See Divert.]
1. (Law)
(a) A legal dissolution of the marriage contract by a
court or other body having competent authority. This
is properly a divorce, and called, technically,
divorce a vinculo matrimonii. ``from the bond of
(b) The separation of a married woman from the bed and
board of her husband -- divorce a mensa et toro (or
thoro), ``from bed board.''

2. The decree or writing by which marriage is dissolved.

3. Separation; disunion of things closely united.

To make divorce of their incorporate league. --Shak.

4. That which separates. [Obs.] --Shak.

Bill of divorce. See under Bill.

Di*vorce", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Divorced; p. pr. &
vb. n. Divorcing.] [Cf. F. divorcer. See Divorce, n.]
1. To dissolve the marriage contract of, either wholly or
partially; to separate by divorce.

2. To separate or disunite; to sunder.

It [a word] was divorced from its old sense.

3. To make away; to put away.

Nothing but death Shall e'er divorce my dignities.

Synonyms: disassociate, disjoint, dissociate, disunite, divorcement

See Also: break, break up, conjoin, espouse, get hitched with, get married, hook up with, marry, part, separate, separation, split, split up, wed

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