Definition of sparagmos in English:

sparagmos

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’
    • ‘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’.

Pronunciation

sparagmos

/spəˈraɡməs/