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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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 In one case that garnered publicity, cousins William Sablan and Rudy Sablan killed and dismembered fellow inmate Joey Estrella in 1999 and displayed the victim’s organs to other inmates. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s Supermax prison now occupied by El Chapo is “worse than death,” ex-warden said," 27 July 2019 Wesley Ira Purkey Purkey raped, murdered and dismembered a 16-year-old girl. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "The federal government plans to execute 5 prisoners. All are held in Terre Haute.," 25 July 2019 Investigators believe that animals partially dismembered and dragged the child into the street. Benjamin Peters, cleveland.com, "‘Geauga Child’s’ mother arrested in unsolved murder case that went unsolved for 26 years," 6 June 2019 After this picture was taken, the crocodile was dismembered. Ngm Maps, National Geographic, "‘This photograph was the hardest I’ve ever had to make’," 1 Aug. 2019 Carter was also critical of the Trump administration’s response to the slaying of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was dismembered by Saudi government agents in October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Carter: Trump was ‘put into office’ with Russia’s help," 28 June 2019 Boswell was living with Trail at the time of Loofe's disappearance and security footage revealed that the pair bought tools from Home Depot that were allegedly used to dismember Loofe, according to court documents. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Nebraska murder suspect slashes his own throat in court," 24 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of dismember

: to cut or tear (a body) into pieces
formal : to separate (something) into smaller parts


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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