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
Recent Examples on the Web Doug Coffin watched in bewilderment as a machine with an arm that doubles as a claw and a saw carefully dismembered a fallen oak that rested on the front corner of his yellow three-story home. BostonGlobe.com, "DANVERS — The clocks froze just after 3 a.m. Thursday morning when the brunt of the storm struck this suburban town and severed electricity to many of its neighborhoods. Violent winds sent trees smashing into bedrooms, but luckily spared the residents of injuries.," 18 Oct. 2019 Agents of the Saudi government killed Khashoggi inside the consulate and apparently dismembered his body, which has never been found. chicagotribune.com, "Saudi crown prince takes ‘full responsibility’ for the grisly killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but denies allegations that he ordered it," 30 Sep. 2019 These women are, after all, mob bosses, killing their enemies and dismembering their bodies in bathtubs. Barbara Vandenburgh, Arizona Republic, Detroit Free Press, "You’ll be glad to get out of the overcooked 'Kitchen'," 8 Aug. 2019 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

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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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