verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. dismally,
  2. dismantle,
  3. dismast,
  4. dismay,
  5. disme,
  6. dismemberment,
  7. dismiss,
  8. dismissal,
  9. dismission,
  10. dismissive

Origin of dismember

1250–1300; Middle English dismembren < Anglo-French, Old French desmembrer, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -membrer, verbal derivative of membre member

Related formsdis·mem·ber·er, noundis·mem·ber·ment, nounnon·dis·mem·ber·ment, noun

Can be confuseddisembodied disemboweled dismembered

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British Dictionary definitions for dismemberment


verb (tr)

to remove the limbs or members of
to cut to pieces
to divide or partition (something, such as an empire)
Derived Formsdismemberer, noundismemberment, noun

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Word Origin and History for dismemberment
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Medicine definitions for dismemberment




To amputate a limb or a part of a limb.
Related formsdis•member•ment n.

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