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  • to legally dissolve a marriage between two people
  • to end one's own marriage in this way
  • to separate something that was connected
  • to obtain a divorce
  • the legal dissolution of a marriage
  • a separation of connected things
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



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 matrimony." (b) The separation of a married woman from the bed and board of her husband -- divorce a mensa et toro (or thoro), "from bed and 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.
Earle.

3. To make away; to put away.

Nothing but death
Shall e'er divorce my dignities.
Shak.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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