Dis*mem"ber (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dismembered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dismembering.] [OF. desmembrer, F. d'emembrer; pref. des- (L. dis) + OF. & F. membre limb. See Member.]


To tear limb from limb; to dilacerate; to disjoin member from member; to tear or cut in pieces; to break up.

Fowls obscene dismembered his remains. Pope.

A society lacerated and dismembered. Gladstone.

By whose hands the blow should be struck which would dismember that once mighty empire. Buckle.


To deprive of membership.


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

Syn. -- To disjoint; dislocate; dilacerate; mutilate; divide; sever.


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