- 1Cut off the limbs of (a person or animal): he watched a doctor dismember the body (as adjective dismembered) a dismembered corpseMore example sentences
- The decision to dismember the body and deposit the parts in Galveston Bay, is highly incriminating.
- In hospitals, doctors dismember their patients.
- It's one thing to watch people being dismembered on screen.
- 2Partition or divide up (a territory or organization): the winning powers of World War I set out to dismember the Ottoman EmpireMore 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.
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- 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.
Middle English: from Old French desmembrer, based on Latin dis- 'apart' + membrum 'limb'.