- to deprive of limbs; divide limb from limb: The ogre dismembered his victims before he ate them.
- to divide into parts; cut to pieces; mutilate.
- to reduce, reorganize, or discontinue the services or parts of (a company, government agency, etc.): Our business was dismembered by the conglomerate that bought it.
Origin of dismember
Examples from the Web for dismember
He told reporters how his assailants had recognized him, set upon him with knives and tried to dismember his wrists.Egypt’s Military Holiday Marred By Deaths
October 7, 2013
The headlines were gruesome: after shooting and killing him, she had used a chain saw to dismember his body.My First Autopsy Report: Excerpt From David Berg’s ‘Run, Brother, Run’`
June 10, 2013
It is easy to get a handle on it if you dismember your victim.Human Head, Hands Found Near Hollywood Sign
January 19, 2012
Kiddie helped him only so far as to skin and dismember the rabbit and peel the onions.Kiddie the Scout
After all, why dismember his library for the sake of saving a few shillings on carriage?The Whirlpool
Too large to pass through the door, so they tried to dismember it.Animal Intelligence
George J. Romanes
John Henry's plot to dismember the Union disclosed to congress.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
We have no desire whatever to dismember the territory of the empire.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
- to remove the limbs or members of
- to cut to pieces
- to divide or partition (something, such as an empire)
Word Origin and History for dismember
c.1300, from Old French desmembrer (11c.), from Medieval Latin dismembrare "tear limb from limb; castrate," from Latin de- "take away" + membrum "limb" (see member). Related: Dismembered; dismembering.
- To amputate a limb or a part of a limb.