Dismember meaning

dĭs-mĕmbər
To cut, tear, or pull off the limbs of.
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To divide into pieces.
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To remove the limbs of by cutting or tearing.
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To pull or cut to pieces; separate into parts; divide up or mutilate.
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To remove the limbs of.

Death by drawing and quartering usually dismembered the condemned person.

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To cut or otherwise divide something into pieces.

The killer methodically dismembered the bodies of his victims.

The American Civil War nearly dismembered the Union.

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Origin of dismember

  • Middle English dismembren from Old French desmembrer from Vulgar Latin dismembrāre Latin dis- dis- Latin membrum limb member

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French desmembrer, from des- (“de-”) + membre (“limb”) + -er (“verbal suffix”)

    From Wiktionary