noun[mass noun] archaic
1The action of pulling something apart.
- He suffered the grievous punishment of discerption as to the entire head.
- For the fables that are storied and related about the discerption of Bacchus, and the attempts of the Titans upon him, and of their tasting of his slain body, and of their several punishments and fulminations afterwards, are but a representation of the regeneration.
- The story of the discerption of his body explained the circumstance that the honor of his interment was claimed by so many different places in Egypt.
1.1 [count noun] A piece severed from something.
- Not only is so simple an event rare to the point of non-existence; the description of it is a discerption.
- Camden and other learned writers relate how our discerptions and mutinies have been the scaling ladder by which the Romans and the Normans have formerly gotten into the nation.
- Example sentences
- In general, the cylindrical roller bearings, belonging to axial discerptible bearing, are suitable only for sustaining radial loads.
- If by this it is meant that He is uncompounded, that His substance is ineffably homogeneous, that it does not exist by assemblage of atoms, and is not discerptible, it is true.
- All presumption of death's being the destruction of living beings, must go upon supposition that they are compounded; and so, discerptible.
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