divorce: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (di-vôrs', -vōrs'), [key]
— n., v. -vorced, -vorc•ing.
  1. a judicial declaration dissolving a marriage in whole or in part, esp. one that releases the husband and wife from all matrimonial obligations. Cf. judicial separation.
  2. any formal separation of husband and wife according to established custom.
  3. total separation; disunion: a divorce between thought and action.
  1. to separate by divorce: The judge divorced the couple.
  2. to break the marriage contract between oneself and (one's spouse) by divorce: She divorced her husband.
  3. to separate; cut off: Life and art cannot be divorced.
  1. to get a divorce.


Pronunciation: (di-vôr-sā', -vōr-, -vôr'sā, -vōr'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a divorced man.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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