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

Definition of dismember in English:


[with object]
1Cut off the limbs of (a person or animal): he watched a doctor dismember the body (as adjective dismembered) a dismembered corpse
More 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.
disjoint, joint, cut off the limbs of;
pull apart, cut up, chop up, break up, dissect, divide, segment;
rare limb
2Partition or divide up (a territory or organization): the winning powers of World War I set out to dismember the Ottoman Empire
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  • 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.


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

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