[spuh-rag-muh s]


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

Origin of sparagmos

From the Greek word sparagmós literally, tearing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for sparagmos

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper