a) To cause disagreement or alienation among or within.

If they cannot disunite them by domestic broils, then they engage their neighbours against them.

Secrets disunite a family.

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  • Disunite — Dis u*nite , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disunited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disuniting}.] 1. To destroy the union of; to divide; to part; to sever; to disjoin; to sunder; to separate; as, to disunite particles of matter. [1913 Webster] 2. To alienate in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disunite — Dis u*nite , v. i. To part; to fall asunder; to become separated. [1913 Webster] The joints of the body politic do separate and disunite. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disunite — index abstract (separate), alienate (estrange), bicker, break (separate), demarcate, detach …   Law dictionary

  • disunite — (v.) 1560s (implied in disunited); see DIS (Cf. dis ) + UNITE (Cf. unite). Related: Disuniting …   Etymology dictionary

  • disunite — [dis΄yo͞o nīt′] vt. disunited, disuniting to destroy or take away the unity of; divide or separate vi. to become separated or divided …   English World dictionary

  • disunite — transitive verb Date: 1598 divide, separate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • disunite — disuniter, n. /dis yooh nuyt /, v., disunited, disuniting. v.t. 1. to sever the union of; separate; disjoin. 2. to set at variance; alienate: The issue disunited the party members. v.i. 3. to part; fall apart. [1550 60; DIS 1 + UNITE] * * * …   Universalium

  • disunite — Synonyms and related words: abrupt, aggravate, alien, alienate, cast off, cast out, come between, cut adrift, cut off, cut out, delete, depart, dichotomize, disaffect, disarticulate, disconnect, disengage, disjoin, disjoint, dissever, dissociate …   Moby Thesaurus

  • disunite — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. divide, separate, dissociate, estrange; see alienate , divide 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To become or cause to become apart one from another: break, detach, disjoin, disjoint, divide, divorce, part, separate,… …   English dictionary for students

  • disunite — dis·u·nite || ‚dɪsjuː naɪt v. separate, disjoin, disconnect, estrange …   English contemporary dictionary

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