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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)


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  • Latin: dirimo, diremptus; to divide, to pull apart

    July 25, 2009