- 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
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Word Origin and History for sparagmos
ritual death of a hero in tragedy or myth, 1949, from Greek sparagmos, literally "tearing, rending."
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