Definition of dismember in English:

dismember

Line breaks: dis|mem¦ber
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈmɛmbə
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 2Partition or divide up (a territory or organization): the winning powers of World War I set out to dismember the Ottoman Empire
    More example sentences
    • Austria-Hungary lost 1.3 million military lives and the victorious western Allies dismembered its empire.
    • The European empires were dismembered by nationalist movements, with support from lawyers, journalists, unions, and the churches.
    • Germany, too, was dismembered, divided, stripped of colonies, bankrupted by war reparations, forced to confess full moral guilt for the war.

Derivatives

dismemberment

noun
More example sentences
  • If you can laugh at rape and murder, giggle along with necrophilia and dismemberment, this stuff's for you.
  • This one is dedicated to snotty dismemberments of bad history wherever it appears, in movies, fantasy novels, or speeches by our new Secretary of State.
  • While he promised no forced amalgamations of councils, he said nothing about forced dismemberments.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French desmembrer, based on Latin dis- 'apart' + membrum 'limb'.

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