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Divorce, subst. 1) legal dissolution of the bonds of matrimony: H8 II, 2, 31. III, 2, 26. III, 2, 26 III, 2, 26 Cymb. II, 1, 67.
2) any separation of love: “in this unjust d. of us,” Err. I, 1, 105. “deadly d. step between me and you!” All's V, 3, 319. “mark your d.” Wint. IV, 4, 428. “made a d. betwixt his queen and him,” R2 III, 1, 12. “to make d. of their incorporate league,” H5 V, 2, 394. “those that weep this lamentable d.” Cymb. I, 4, 20.
3) that which separates (the abstr. for the concr.): “hateful d. of love -- thus chides she Death,” Ven. 932. “as the long d. of steel falls on me,” H8 II, 1, 76 (viz the axe of the executioner). “O thou sweet king-killer and dear d. 'twixt natural son and sire,” Tim. IV, 3, 382.
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