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.
- dis·mem·ber·er, noun
- dis·mem·ber·ment, noun
- non·dis·mem·ber·ment, noun
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How to use dismember in a sentence
The plant contains numerous sulfur compounds, which mix with the salt in your tears to create a weak sulfuric acid—the reason why your eyes burn while dismembering these plants.
Attacked from behind and at times dismembered, the fallen residents of an ancient Iberian village add to evidence that prehistoric Europe was a violent place.Bones from an Iron Age massacre paint a violent picture of prehistoric Europe | Curtis Segarra | October 6, 2020 | Science News
Allegations of fraud by Nikola have since dismembered its stock, with GM’s promised stake losing nearly $1 billion in value since the deal’s announcement.
In fall 2010, heavy rains sparked flash floods, dismembering the metal culvert.Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them. | by Janet Wilson, The Desert Sun, and Lylla Younes, ProPublica | September 18, 2020 | ProPublica
The dismemberment of Ukraine is as much his cause as theirs.
But letting a secession claim stand means dismemberment and they would appear to have little alternative but to confront it.
The Daily Pic: With his "Woodmen", George Baselitz prefigured digital dismemberment.
Canada however could not sustain this one-time venture into the lurid dismemberment marketplace.
Surrounding satellites could finish the job of complete dismemberment of the unfortunate loser.
The Castilians would doubtless have resented the dismemberment of the unwieldy body of which they formed the head.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
He and he alone, they imagined, could avert that dismemberment of which they could not bear to think.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
The dismemberment of the Affghan empire, however, from this time proceeded more rapidly.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Measures such as they desire will soon be carried, and the threatened dismemberment of the empire averted.
The Declaration has been announced as the birth of a nation, though it was actually the dismemberment of a nation.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2 | Egerton Ryerson
British Dictionary definitions for dismember
to remove the limbs or members of
to cut to pieces
to divide or partition (something, such as an empire)
- dismemberer, noun
- dismemberment, noun
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