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sever
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

2 uses
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Definition
to split something into two unconnected parts — usually by cutting

or:

to break up or end a relationship; or to separate from something
  • He might drown her if he would; it would be better than parting to-morrow to lead severed lives.
    5 — The Woman Pays (28% in)
  • While the old lady had been speaking Tess and the other maid, in obedience to her gestures, had placed the fowls severally in her lap, and she had felt them over from head to tail, examining their beaks, their combs, the manes of the cocks, their wings, and their claws.
    1 — The Maiden (74% in)

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