06/01/2013 11:35 am ET

'Divorce Is...' 40 Words That Define Divorce

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If you could choose only one word to describe the experience of divorce, which word would you pick?

It's not an easy task, but when we took the prompt to our readers on Facebook and Twitter recently, they drew from experience and offered up a wide range of definitions. While some said a split was "sobering" and "trying," others adopted a more positive outlook -- "pivotal," one said, while a reader on Facebook likened divorce to rebirth.

Click through the slides below to read all of the answers, then head to the comments and let us know which word you'd pick to define divorce.

Divorce In One Word

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