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

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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 One notable performance from this period had Zappa inviting a group of U.S. Marines onstage to dismember a plastic doll dressed up as a Vietnamese baby. John Semley, The New Republic, "How Weird Was Frank Zappa?," 26 Nov. 2020 Yet after all this sound and fury, will Congress actually dismember the goose that laid the golden egg? Jerry Ellig, WSJ, "The Misguided Antitrust Attack on Big Tech," 14 Sep. 2020 His girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, 22, was arrested and charged with helping to dismember and dispose of Guillen’s body. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Families of Slain Fort Hood Soldiers Vanessa Guillen and Gregory Wedel-Morales Speak Out on '20/20'," 11 Sep. 2020 The team was stopped by Canadian customs officials, who, in a grisly echo of the Khashoggi case, were found carrying forensic tools that could have been used to dismember a corpse, Aljabri alleges. Shane Harris, Washington Post, "Former Saudi intelligence officer accuses crown prince of ordering his assassination in Canada," 6 Aug. 2020 Robinson and Aguilar, the complaint says, used a hatchet or ax and a machete-type of knife to dismember the body. Kelsey Bradshaw, USA TODAY, "Texas woman tied to slaying of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen appears in court," 7 July 2020 Mack’s dismembered body was one of 11 sets of remains found along Ocean Parkway, a road on a narrow barrier island in Suffolk and Nassau counties, in 2010 and 2011. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Gilgo Beach murders: Authorities identify woman who vanished two decades ago," 28 May 2020 Gutierrez's body was dismembered and buried in woods southwest of Eugene. oregonlive, "Who’s on Oregon’s death row: 27 men; 2 others held elsewhere," 15 May 2020 After the group dismembered, Burruss tried to start a solo career. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "The Masked Singer’s Terrifying Night Angel Is Probably This Real Housewives Star," 18 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of dismember was in the 14th century

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29 Nov 2020

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“Dismember.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismember. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for dismember

dismember

verb
How to pronounce dismember (audio)

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 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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