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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dih-vawr-sey, -vohr-, -vawr-sey, -vohr-]
    • /dɪ vɔrˈseɪ, -voʊr-, -ˈvɔr seɪ, -ˈvoʊr-/
    • /dɪˈvɔːs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dih-vawr-sey, -vohr-, -vawr-sey, -vohr-]
    • /dɪ vɔrˈseɪ, -voʊr-, -ˈvɔr seɪ, -ˈvoʊr-/

Definitions of divorce word

  • noun divorce a divorced man. 1
  • noun divorce The legal dissolution of a marriage by a court or other competent body. 1
  • noun divorce end of marriage 1
  • noun divorce divorced man 1
  • transitive verb divorce end a marriage to sb 1
  • intransitive verb divorce end a marriage 1

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Origin of divorce

First appearance:

before 1805
One of the 41% newest English words
1805-15; < French, noun use of masculine past participle of divorcer < Medieval Latin dīvortiāre to divorce, derivative of Latin dīvortium divorce

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Parts of speech for Divorce


divorce popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for divorce

verb divorce

  • break up — When something breaks up or when you break it up, it separates or is divided into several smaller parts.
  • dissociate — to sever the association of (oneself); separate: He tried to dissociate himself from the bigotry in his past.
  • disconnect — SCSI reconnect
  • sever — to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting or the like.
  • separate — to keep apart or divide, as by an intervening barrier or space: to separate two fields by a fence.

noun divorce

  • separation — an act or instance of separating or the state of being separated.
  • split-up — the act of splitting.
  • annulment — The annulment of a contract or marriage is an official declaration that it is invalid, so that legally it is considered never to have existed.
  • breakup — The breakup of a marriage, relationship, or association is the act of it finishing or coming to an end because the people involved decide that it is not working successfully.
  • dissolution — the act or process of resolving or dissolving into parts or elements.

Antonyms for divorce

verb divorce

  • combine — If you combine two or more things or if they combine, they exist together.
  • unite — to join, combine, or incorporate so as to form a single whole or unit.
  • validate — to make valid; substantiate; confirm: Time validated our suspicions.
  • connect — If something or someone connects one thing to another, or if one thing connects to another, the two things are joined together.
  • marry — to take in marriage: After dating for five years, I finally asked her to marry me.

noun divorce

  • marriage — (broadly) any of the diverse forms of interpersonal union established in various parts of the world to form a familial bond that is recognized legally, religiously, or socially, granting the participating partners mutual conjugal rights and responsibilities and including, for example, opposite-sex marriage, same-sex marriage, plural marriage, and arranged marriage: Anthropologists say that some type of marriage has been found in every known human society since ancient times. See Word Story at the current entry.
  • agreement — An agreement is a formal decision about future action which is made by two or more countries, groups, or people.
  • association — An association is an official group of people who have the same job, aim, or interest.
  • attachment — If you have an attachment to someone or something, you are fond of them or loyal to them.
  • combination — A combination of things is a mixture of them.

adjective divorce

  • marital — Of or relating to marriage or the relations between husband and wife.
  • nubile — (of a young woman) suitable for marriage, especially in regard to age or physical development; marriageable.
  • matrimonial — of or relating to matrimony; marital; nuptial; connubial; conjugal.
  • bridal — Bridal is used to describe something that belongs or relates to a bride, or to both a bride and her bridegroom.
  • hymeneal — of or relating to marriage.

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