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sparagmos

[ spuh-rag-muh s ]
/ spəˈræg məs /

noun

the tearing to pieces of a live victim, as a bull or a calf, by a band of bacchantes in a Dionysian orgy.

Nearby words

spar buoy, spar deck, spar varnish, spar with, sparable, sparagmos, sparassis, sparaxis, spare, spare part, spare ribs

Origin of sparagmos

From the Greek word sparagmós literally, tearing
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Word Origin and History for sparagmos

sparagmos


n.

ritual death of a hero in tragedy or myth, 1949, from Greek sparagmos, literally "tearing, rending."

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