sparagmos

sparagmos

[spuh-rag-muhs]
noun
the tearing to pieces of a live victim, as a bull or a calf, by a band of bacchantes in a Dionysian orgy.

Origin:
< Greek sparagmós literally, tearing

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