divorce etymology

English word divorce comes from Old French divorce, through Latin divortium (divorce), which derives from Latin di- (away, aside), and later verto (I turn)

Detailed word origin of divorce

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
di- Latin (lat) aside, away
verto Latin (lat) I turn, revolve, turn around. Also: I reverse, retreat.
divortere Latin (lat) turn aside
diversus Latin (lat) Diverse, different. Hostile. Opposite. Separate, apart.
divortium Latin (lat) Divorce. Separation.
divorce Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) divorce
divorce English (eng) (obsolete) That which separates.. A separation of connected things.. The legal dissolution of a marriage. (intransitive) To obtain a legal divorce.. (transitive) To end one's own marriage in this way.. (transitive) To legally dissolve a marriage between two people.. (transitive) To separate something that was connected.

Words with the same origin as divorce

Descendants of verto
ad adversary advertise advertisement anniversary controversial controversy conversion convert convertible diverse diversion diversity divert pervert reverse travis uni unison universe varsity verse versus vortex
Descendants of di-
digest digestive disrupt distance distant distinct distinction distinguish distinguished