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 dismembering (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

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Other Words from dismember

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

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Turkish officials have said that a Saudi team of 15 men tortured, killed and dismembered the writer and in a premeditated act. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "US defense chief: killing of writer is threat to stability," 26 Oct. 2018 And the Department of Justice sued to dismember Microsoft in 1998. The Economist, "History’s biggest firms," 5 July 2018 The bodies of two men dismembered in plastic bags were also located in a separate spot. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Cancun horror as 8 bodies, including 2 dismembered in bags, found on streets," 22 Aug. 2018 The team that killed and dismembered the Saudi dissident had close ties to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler and the architect of the Yemen war. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Britain and Canada want answers from Mark Zuckerberg," 1 Nov. 2018 That explanation has been met with widespread skepticism, with Turkish officials saying Khashoggi was targeted by a 15-member Saudi hit squad that killed and dismembered him. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi forum highlights crown prince’s shifting fortunes," 23 Oct. 2018 But Turkish officials say a 15-men team tortured, killed and dismembered the writer and say Saudi officials had planned the killing for days. Susannah George, The Seattle Times, "U.S. to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing of writer," 23 Oct. 2018 Reporters and photographers from the state have been slain at holiday parties, their bodies dismembered and dumped in canals; some have been tracked down and killed after going into hiding in other parts of the country. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Another journalist has been gunned down in Mexico," 22 Mar. 2018 Her body, dismembered and covered in stab wounds, was recovered near the Copenhagen harbor in the following weeks. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Trial Starts for Man Accused of Murdering Journalist Kim Wall," 8 Mar. 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
formal : 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 dismembering (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 dismemberment (audio) \ noun

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