transitive verb (-bered; dismembering) Etymology: Middle English dismembren, from Anglo-French desmembrer, from des- dis- + membre member Date: 14th century 1. to cut off or disjoin the limbs, members, or parts of 2. to break up or tear into pieces • dismemberment noun

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