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  • n. A ripping apart; a forceful sundering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tearing apart; violent separation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A forcible separation; a tearing asunder.
  • n. In botany, same as chorisis.
  • n. In veg. teratol., the abnormal displacement of leaves. See displacement, 6.


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From Latin diremptio ("a separation")


  • The creation was the self-diremption of the infinite into finite expression, the fall was the self-discovery of this finitude, the incarnation was the awakening of the finite to its essential infinity; and here, a sufficient number of pages having been engrossed, the matter generally hastened to a conclusion; for the redemption with its means of application, once the central point in Christianity, was less pliable to the new pantheistic interpretation.

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  • The former limit is reached in anguish, madness, or the agony of death, when the accidental flux of things in contradiction has reached its maximum or vanishing point, so that the contradiction and the flux themselves disappear by diremption.

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  • A pun is a grotesque example of such diremption, where ambiguities belonging only to speech are used to suggest impossible substitutions in ideas.

    The Life of Reason

  • In other words, in the diremption of myths which yielded here a natural phenomenon to be explained and there a moral value to be embodied, Platonism attached divinity exclusively to the moral element.

    The Life of Reason

  • The diremption into soul and body, into life and death, runs through the entire narrative, also that into men and women; but the main distinction is into Past and Present.

    Homer's Odyssey A Commentary

  • "Nor," he continues, "has he clearly marked off the functions of his two efficient forces, nay, he has so confounded them that at times it is Discord that through separation leads to new unions, and Love that through union causes diremption of that which was before."

    A Short History of Greek Philosophy

  • F. is doubled after di; and di before a vowel inserts r, as diremption.

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  • Further, it is a key passage for understanding the diremption - meaning the tearing apart, or violent separation from all former historical notions of the human condition so characteristic of modern existence - at the foundation of Hegel's enterprise:

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  • What's more, this attempt to force a diremption between the Word proclaimed and the Word written bespeaks a dire falsification of speech and writing as manifestations of the one language of a particular and peculiar animal.

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  • Now, the problem in putting it like that is in suggesting a diremption between ‘knowledge’ and ‘belief’, and that’s not the trick.

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