dismember

verb
dis·​mem·​ber | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈmem-bər How to pronounce dismember (audio) \
dismembered; dismembering\ (ˌ)dis-​ˈmem-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce dismember (audio) \

Definition of dismember

transitive verb

1 : to cut off or disjoin the limbs, members, or parts of
2 : to break up or tear into pieces

Other Words from dismember

dismemberment \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈmem-​bər-​mənt How to pronounce dismember (audio) \ noun

Examples of dismember in a Sentence

The victims' bodies had been dismembered and buried in the basement. quickly dismembered the old toolshed and hauled it off to the dump
Recent Examples on the Web The missteps of law enforcement left Robert Durst free to murder Berman in 2000 and one year later, kill and dismember his neighbor Morris Black in Texas, Abrams said. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 9 Nov. 2021 On his second wave, Kemper displayed absolute mastery of his own fear by willfully soaring inside a tube the size of a whirling subway tunnel and frothy enough to dismember a horse. Daniel Duane, Wired, 23 Dec. 2021 Sakara was just one of the Last Call Killer’s victims, who seemed to meet men in and around the West Village gay bar scene only to murder them and dismember their bodies. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 23 Nov. 2021 Police also located the weapon believed used to kill Emily Ferlazzo and the saw used to dismember her. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 20 Oct. 2021 Other accomplices had planned to dismember the body and bury Munoz, court documents said. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 Almost immediately, Darth did just such a roll, a move in which an alligator rapidly spins to subdue and dismember its prey. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 Instead of traditional weapons, players use Isaac's assortment of engineering tools to dismember and kill necromorphs. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021 Then the gator started to roll, a common predatory move meant to dismember prey. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of dismember

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dismember

Middle English dismembren, from Anglo-French desmembrer, from des- dis- + membre member

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22 Jan 2022

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“Dismember.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismember. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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dismember

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dismember

: to cut or tear (a body) into pieces
: to separate (something) into smaller parts

dismember

transitive verb
dis·​mem·​ber | \ (ˈ)dis-ˈmem-bər How to pronounce dismember (audio) \
dismembered; dismembering\ -​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce dismember (audio) \

Medical Definition of dismember

: to cut off or disjoin the limbs, members, or parts of

Other Words from dismember

dismemberment \ -​bər-​mənt How to pronounce dismember (audio) \ noun

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