divorce Definition

  • 1the legal ending of a marriage
  • 2a separation or disconnection of things that were once united

Using divorce: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "divorce" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    After years of unhappiness, they finally decided to get a divorce.

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    The divorce was finalized last month.

  • Example

    The company's recent split from its parent corporation was like a divorce.

  • Example

    There is a growing divorce between politics and reality.

divorce Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using divorce

  • divorce court

    a court that deals with cases of divorce and related matters


    She had to go to divorce court to finalize her separation from her husband.

  • legal documents that initiate the process of divorce


    He served her with divorce papers after months of marital problems.

  • a person who has undergone a divorce


    She became a divorcee after her marriage ended in a bitter separation.

Phrases with divorce

  • a divorce in which both parties agree to the terms and conditions without any major disputes


    They had an amicable divorce and remained friends afterwards.

  • an agreement reached between divorcing spouses regarding the division of assets, custody of children, and other important matters


    The divorce settlement was reached after months of negotiations.

  • the number of divorces per 1,000 married couples in a given population during a specified period


    The divorce rate has been steadily increasing over the past few decades.

Origins of divorce

from Old French 'divorcer', from Latin 'divortium', meaning 'separation, dissolution of marriage'


Summary: divorce in Brief

The term 'divorce' [dɪˈvɔːrs] refers to the legal ending of a marriage or a separation of things that were once united. It can be used in phrases like 'amicable divorce,' 'divorce settlement,' and 'divorce rate.' Idioms include 'divorce court,' 'divorce papers,' and 'divorcee.'

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