- 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
Related Words for dismembermentpostmortem, distribution, selection, disunion, dissolution, disjuncture, apportionment, divorce, breaking, reduction, split, detachment, separation, disjunction, rupture, parting, subdivision, divorcement, demarcation, partition
Examples from the Web for dismemberment
Contemporary Examples of dismemberment
The dismemberment of Ukraine is as much his cause as theirs.Best Way to Punish Putin? No World Cup
July 20, 2014
He rejected the idea of photographing the dismemberment he saw on the battlefield; that would, he felt, have served no purpose.Obama Was Right to Censor the Osama bin Laden Photo
May 5, 2011
“Sex and sexual activity is not quite so much a guarantee of dismemberment and death,” she says.Revenge of the Scream Queens
September 18, 2009
Historical Examples of dismemberment
With such ideas I did not believe in the dismemberment of the United States.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
Great as the evil is, a dismemberment of the union would be worse.
No dismemberment of the empire followed this conquest, however, if conquest there was.Chaldea
Znade A. Ragozin
And the end, though it may linger for a time, will be dismemberment and disaster.The Expositor's Bible:The Book of Numbers
Robert A. Watson
It was this that threatened the dismemberment of the Union in 1832.Andersonville, Volume 4
- to remove the limbs or members of
- to cut to pieces
- to divide or partition (something, such as an empire)
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.