AskDefine | Define dismember

Dictionary Definition

dismember

Verb

1 separate the limbs from the body; "the tiger dismembered the tourist"
2 divide into pieces; "our department was dismembered when our funding dried up"; "The Empire was discerped after the war" [syn: take apart, discerp]

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English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To remove the limbs of.
    Death by drawing and quartering usually dismembered the condemned person.
  2. To cut or otherwise divide something into pieces.
    The killer methodically dismembered the bodies of his victims.
    The American Civil War nearly dismembered the Union.

Derived terms

Translations

remove limbs
cut into pieces

Extensive Definition

See also

dismember in German: Vierteilung
dismember in Spanish: Desmembramiento
dismember in Persian: مثله کردن
dismember in French: Écartèlement
dismember in Japanese: 八つ裂きの刑
dismember in Dutch: Vierendeling
dismember in Korean: 거열
dismember in Korean: 차열

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

cripple, defoliate, denude, disassemble, dismantle, draw and quarter, flay, grill, impale, keelhaul, lacerate, maim, mangle, mayhem, mutilate, part, peel, pick to pieces, picket, pull apart, rack, separate, sever, shred, skin, strip, sunder, take apart, take down, tar and feather, tear apart, tear to pieces, tear to tatters, torture
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