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sparagmos

Line breaks: spa|rag¦mos
Pronunciation: /spəˈraɡməs
 
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Definition of sparagmos in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The dismemberment of a victim, forming a part of some ancient rituals and represented in Greek myths and tragedies: the crowd is inspired to attack him and tear his clothes in the Bacchic ritual of sparagmos
More example sentences
  • Mira's sparagmos almost literalizes the central message of the Orpheus myth for Rushdie.
  • For such characters, the sparagmos represents the moment when history claims their work for its own.

Origin

Greek, literally 'tearing'.

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