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sever

verb break apart, break off, cleave, cut, cut adrift, detach, dirimere, disband, disconnect, disengage, disjoin, dismember, dispair, dispart, dissever, dissociate, dissolve, disunite, divide, dividere, divorce, fissure, isolate, keep apart, lacerate, lop off, part, partition, rend, rend asunder, rive, rupture, segment, segregate, separare, set apart, slit, splinter, split, subdivide, sunder, tear, unbind, uncouple, unfasten, untie, wrench
Associated concepts: sever a claim, sever a party, sever an action, severable cause of action, severable contract
See also: abandon, break, detach, dichotomize, disband, discontinue, disengage, disjoint, dissociate, dissolve, divide, divorce, estrange, excise, interrupt, isolate, luxate, part, partition, rend, separate, split, subdivide

TO SEVER, practice. When defendants who are sued jointly have separate defences, they may in general sever, that is, each one rely on his own separate defence; each may plead severally and insist on his own separate plea. See Severance.

References in classic literature ?
The day that robs a child of his parents severs him from his own kind; his head is bowed, his cheeks are wet with tears, and he will go about destitute among the friends of his father, plucking one by the cloak and another by the shirt.
whatever Thy image may be, No magic shall sever Thy music from thee.
They do best, who if they cannot but admit love, yet make it keep quarters; and sever it wholly from their serious affairs, and actions, of life; for if it check once with business, it troubleth men's fortunes, and maketh men, that they can no ways be true to their own ends.
I was confined to the house by a sever chill for three days last week.
Ay, you may mow down the leaves and the blossoms, but the roots of life lie too deep for your sickle to sever.
But as I have found that to sever this strong bond would be to break her heart, I have long abandoned that idea.
I sever dreamed that Charlie was the sort of man to get infatuated with anyone.
And guard your head well, gossip; for I swear to you by the cross of Saint-Lô that, if you lie to us at this hour, the sword which severed the head of Monsieur de Luxembourg is not so notched that it cannot yet sever yours
At length, a jolt more sever than the others announced to them that they had cleared the last watercourse.
At any moment he might sever it and Tarzan must, therefore, work rapidly.
Twelve keen swords must strike simultaneously and with equal power, and each must sever completely and instantly three strands of heavy cable that no loose end fouling a block bring immediate disaster upon the Vanator.
In the interval that the head hunters had paused to sever Number Twelve's head, Bulan had gained fifty yards upon them, and then, of a sudden, he came to a sheer wall rising straight across the narrow trail he had been following.