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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The fact is Putin is dismembering a European nation, geographically the largest European nation, Ukraine. NBC News, "Meet the Press - April 1, 2018," 1 Apr. 2018 Police found her body dismembered Thursday, and took a suspect - an unnamed man - into custody that night. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "2 workers hurt when car enters Sherwood construction zone," 1 Feb. 2018 The Verge spoke with Smith about watching ants dismember other ants, and what that can teach us about the world. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "High-speed video solves how Florida ants furnish their nests with their enemies’ bodies," 18 Nov. 2018 His body was then dismembered and removed from the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. Alex Ward, Vox, "Saudi Arabia seeks the death penalty for 5 suspects over Khashoggi murder," 15 Nov. 2018 The body was dismembered in the consulate and the remains handed over to a local associate, according to the prosecutor’s office. Ian Talley, WSJ, "Saudis to Seek Death Penalty in Khashoggi Killing," 15 Nov. 2018 Eight bodies -- two of which were dismembered and shoved in plastic bags -- were discovered on the streets of the Mexican resort city Cancun, prosecutors said Tuesday. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Cancun horror as 8 bodies, including 2 dismembered in bags, found on streets," 22 Aug. 2018 Wall was reported missing the next day, and police recovered her body — which was dismembered and covered with stab wounds — from the water a couple of weeks later. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "5 Crucial Things to Know About the Kim Wall Murder Trial," 20 Apr. 2018 In early October, divers found Wall's dismembered remains. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "Danish inventor is charged with killing and dismembering reporter Kim Wall on his submarine," 16 Jan. 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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English Language Learners Definition of dismember

: to cut or tear (a body) into pieces

: to separate (something) into smaller parts


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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