Definition of dissever in English:


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transitive verb

[with object] rare
  • Divide or sever (something)

    ‘a European tradition which had not been willing to dissever reason from the law of nature’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The overall aim is sustainable pulsing - swarm networks must be able to coalesce rapidly and stealthily on a target, then dissever and redisperse, immediately ready to recombine for a new pulse.’
    • ‘‘America’ remains a malaprop incapable of dissevering its rhetorical trusses to colonial discourse.’
    cut off, chop off, lop off, hack off, cleave, hew off, shear off, slice off, split



/dəˈsevər/ /dəˈsɛvər/


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