Dry clerk's Latin term for a grim mode of execution: each of the victim's limbs was attached to one of four horses, which were driven in different directions, pulling the victim apart. [< Lat. de + traho = to draw, to pull]

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  • detractare — DETRACTÁRE, detractări, s.f. Acţiunea de a detracta. – v. detracta. Trimis de IoanSoleriu, 16.07.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  detractáre s. f. (sil. trac ), g. d. art. detractării Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  DETRACTÁRE… …   Dicționar Român

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