Dismembering
Dismember Dis*mem"ber, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dismembered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dismembering}.] [OF. desmembrer, F. d['e]membrer; pref. des- (L. dis) + OF. & F. membre limb. See {Member}.] 1. To tear limb from limb; to dilacerate; to disjoin member from member; to tear or cut in pieces; to break up. [1913 Webster]

Fowls obscene dismembered his remains. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

A society lacerated and dismembered. --Gladstone. [1913 Webster]

By whose hands the blow should be struck which would dismember that once mighty empire. --Buckle. [1913 Webster]

2. To deprive of membership. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

They were dismembered by vote of the house. --R. North.

Syn: To disjoint; dislocate; dilacerate; mutilate; divide; sever. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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