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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Beyond killing his victims, Kemper was known for necrophilia and dismembering their bodies. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Everything to Know About the Real Serial Killers of Mindhunter Season 2," 19 Aug. 2019 Multiple reports indicate that MBS, who had been heralded as a liberalizing force in the country and praised by Western leaders and media, authorized a team to go to Istanbul to murder the journalist inside the consulate and dismember his body. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Time’s 2018 Person of the Year is Jamal Khashoggi and other “Guardians” of the truth," 11 Dec. 2018 He was convicted of raping and killing a 16-year-old girl before dismembering, burning and then dumping the teen's body in a septic pond. Anchorage Daily News, "US government will execute inmates for first time since 2003," 25 July 2019 Not all were aware the Biological Resource Center often dismembered and sold various body parts. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "'Cooler filled with male genitalia' found in raid of Phoenix body-donation company," 19 July 2019 Investigators found dismembered remains in milk jugs and glass jars inside Gosnell's clinic. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "More than 2,000 fetal remains found at home of Indiana abortion doctor," 14 Sep. 2019 Wesley Ira Purkey, who raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl and then dismembered, burned and dumped her body in a septic pond. Tribune News Service, al, "Federal government brings back death penalty, orders 5 executions," 25 July 2019 Some of the public outrage at the time focused on bodies being dismembered after donation — a reaction that Shreves says was misplaced. Stephanie Innes, AZCentral.com, "Arizona is a hotbed for the cadaver industry, and potential donors have plenty of options," 10 June 2019 Khashoggi never left the consulate; he was murdered and dismembered by a Saudi hit squad, which American and foreign intelligence agencies believe was sent to Turkey by the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Jamal Khashoggi’s Fiancée Speaks About Mourning and Freedom," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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