dismember

verb
dis·mem·ber | \(ˌ)dis-ˈmem-bər \
dismembered; dismembering\-b(ə-)riŋ \

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

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Other Words from dismember

dismemberment \-bər-mənt \ 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

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Dozier was sentenced to die for robbing, killing and dismembering 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller at a Las Vegas motel in 2002. Ken Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Drug company’s lawsuit could derail Nevada execution," 10 July 2018 He was convicted of killing and dismembering 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller in 2002 in a drug deal gone bad in Las Vegas. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Nevada Execution Halted on Drugmaker’s Lawsuit," 11 July 2018 Dozier was sentenced to die for robbing, killing and dismembering 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller at a Las Vegas motel in 2002. Ken Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Drug company’s lawsuit could derail Nevada execution," 10 July 2018 Four others also were found Friday — dismembered in black plastic bags in two separate locations, on the side of a highway and in a neighborhood. Fox News, "7 bodies found in central Mexico," 26 May 2018 He was sentenced to death in 2007 for the murder of Jeremiah Miller, 22, whose decapitated and dismembered torso was found in a suitcase inside a dumpster at a Las Vegas motel. Editors, USA TODAY, "World Cup semifinal, NATO summit: 5 things you need to know Wednesday," 11 July 2018 Charles Dean Bryant's attorney says her client then panicked and dismembered and burned the body of 24-year-old Texas Woman's University student Jacqueline Vandagriff. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Defense: Suspect dismembered student after she died accidentally during sex," 10 Apr. 2018 Blanc tried to dismember his wife’s body and left her remains in their apartment for eight days, according to the investigation. Linda Trischitta, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Grand jury indicts man on murder charge in death of his unborn child," 4 July 2018 Dozier was sentenced to death in 2007 for robbing, killing and dismembering 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller at a Las Vegas motel in 2002. Author: Ken Ritter, Michelle L. Price, Anchorage Daily News, "Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug," 12 July 2018

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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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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 \
dismembered; dismembering\-b(ə-)riŋ \

Medical Definition of dismember 

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

Other Words from dismember

dismemberment \-bər-mənt \ noun

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