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English Dictionary: dismember by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
dismember
v
  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"
    Synonym(s): dismember, take apart, discerp
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dismember \Dis*mem"ber\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dismembered}; p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Dismembering}.] [OF. desmembrer, F.
      d[82]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.
  
                     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.
  
      2. To deprive of membership. [Obs.]
  
                     They were dismembered by vote of the house. --R.
                                                                              North.
  
      Syn: To disjoint; dislocate; dilacerate; mutilate; divide;
               sever.
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