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- adj. Distinct; separate; secrete; divided.
- v. To separate; to divide; to break off.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Divided; separated.
- transitive v. To separate by force; to tear apart.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To separate by violence; put asunder; break off.
- Parted; separated.
From the Latin diremptus ("separated”, “divided"), the past participle of dirimō ("I separate”, “I divide"), formed as dir- (prevocalic variant of dis- ("apart”, “asunder")) + emō ("I take"); compare dirempt². (Wiktionary)
From the Latin dirempt-, the past participial stem of dirimō. Prima facie, the derivation of the verb appears identical with that of the adjective; however, whilst closely related, each carries a subtly different semantic force — the verb takes merely the form of the Latin participle, whereas the adjective takes its meaning as well. (Wiktionary)