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Strong's #4682 - σπαράσσω

prolongation from spairo (to grasp, apparently strengthened from (G4685) through the idea of spasmodic contraction)
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  1. to convulse, tear
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Strong #: 1607 ‑ גָּעַשׁ (gaw‑ash');  1993 ‑ הָמָה (haw‑maw');  7993 ‑ שָׁלַךְ (shaw‑lak');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

σπᾰράσσω, Att. σπᾰράκ-ττω Ar. Ach. 688, etc., fut. -ξω A. Pr. 1018: aor. ἐσπάραξα Babr. 95.40, ( κατ- ) Ar. Ach. 688, etc., fut. -ξομαι E. Andr. 1209 (in IA 1458 σπαράσσεσθαι is restored for σπαράξεσθαι in pass. sense): Pass., pf. ἐσπάρακται ( δι- ) Eub. 15.3: tear, rend, esp. of dogs, carnivorous animals, and the like, σάρκας ἐσπάρασσ' ἀπ' ὀστέων E. Med. 1217; ς. τὰς γνάθους Ar. Ra. 428: Med., σπαράσσεσθαι κόμαν tear one's hair, E. Andr. 1209 (lyr.).

2. rend asunder, φάραγγα βροντῇ . . πατὴρ σπαράξει A.l.c.

3. metaph., pull to pieces, attack, ἄνδρα σπαράττων καὶ ταράττων καὶ κυκῶν Ar. Ach. 688; ς. τινὰς τῷ λόγῳ ὥσπερ σκυλάκια Pl. R. 539b; τὰς ἀρχάς D. 25.50, cf. Ar. Pax 641, PPetr. 2p.57 (iii B.C.), Herod. 5.57, Teles p.19 H.: Pass., λώβαισι . . ἐσπαραγμένους Lyc. 656 .

4. Medic., ς. τὸ στόμα τῆς κοιλίας provoke sickness, Gal. 11.57; cf. σπαρακτέον: — Pass., ς. ἀνημέτως retch without being able to vomit, Hp. Coac. 546 . convulse, of an evil spirit, Mark 1:26 .

Thayer's Expanded Definition

σπαράσσω; 1 aorist ἐσπαραξα; to convulse (others, tear): τινα, Mark 1:26; Mark 9:20 R G Tr text, 26; Luke 9:39; see ῤήγνυμι, c. (τάς γναθους, Aristophanes ran. 424; τάς τρίχας, Diodorus 19, 34; in various other senses in Greek writings) (Compare: συνσπαράσσω.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

σπαράσσω ,

[in LXX: 2 Samuel 22:8 B (H1607 hith.), John 4:19 (H1993) Da LXX Daniel 8:7 (H7993 hi.), 3 Maccabees 4:6*;]

1. to tear, rend, mangle.

2. to convulse: Mark 1:26 (v. Swete, in l) Mark 9:26, Luke 9:39

(cf. συν -σπαράσσω ).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

";come down along with"; (Acts 25:5). For the late metaph. meaning ";condescend,"; see Rutherford NP p. 485 f.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
εσπάραξεν εσπαράχθησαν σπαραξαν σπαράξαν σπαραξας σπαράξας σπαρασσει σπαράσσει σπαράσσεται σπαργάνοις sparassei sparássei sparaxan sparáxan sparaxas sparáxas
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