Divorce

Definition of Divorce

Di`vorce´
n.1.(Law) 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.
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.
Bill of divorce
See under Bill.
v. t.1.To dissolve the marriage contract of, either wholly or partially; to separate by divorce.
[imp. & p. p. Divorced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Divorcing.]
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.

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