The killer methodically dismembered the bodies of his victims.
The American Civil War nearly dismembered the Union.
Origin of dismember
Middle English dismembrenfrom Old French desmembrerfrom Vulgar Latin dismembrāre Latin dis-dis- Latin membrumlimbmember
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Old French desmembrer, from des- (“de-”) + membre (“limb”) + -er (“verbal suffix”)
Dismember Sentence Examples
This confirmed the results of the treaty of Cateau-Cambrsis (May 2~ 1598), that is to say, the decadence of Spanish power, and its inability either to conquer or to dismember France.
Since he could not dismember the kingdom of France, his only course was to reconstitute the ancient kingdom of Lotharingia; while the conquest of the principality of Liege and of the duchy of Gelderland, and the temporary occupation of Alsace, pledged to him by Sigismund of Austria, made him greedy for Germany.
We're trying to build a club, build a team, not dismember it once we get it going.