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The tiger dismembered the tourist.
  to cut or pull off limbs or other parts of a body

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to divide into pieces — especially destructively
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  • The tiger dismembered the tourist.
  • The country is being dismembered on ethnic lines.
  • The pictures show organs, including brains, have been stripped—and some bodies dismembered.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Femurs, shinbones, skulls—the dismembered fossils of many hundreds of people, heaped up in no apparent order.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • The teeth were "massive in construction and capable of both rending and grinding action, which enables the owner to dismember the largest mammals with ease, and crush even the strongest bones."
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • He was quite handsome when he wasn’t bleeding out from dismemberment.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • You’d think, after spending night after night trying to identify burned and dismembered corpses, his father would never fly again, let alone take a non-sked.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • The Champion who hadn’t shown up for the Test had been found dead in a servant’s stairwell, brutally mauled and dismembered.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • He had raped, shot, and dismembered a young girl and shot and dismembered her boyfriend, and he was a career criminal.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • It was the swiftness of that turning away which would thereafter define my guilt; it was as swift as a machete dismembering a hand.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • In practice this means that she appropriates the MEAT LIKE YOU LIKE IT sign and incorporates it into one of her constructions, an especially violent dismemberment in which the mannequin, dressed only in ropes and leather straps, has ended up with her head tucked upside-down under her arm.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I followed him through the workshop along a path swept in the sawdust, past pegboard and tools, dismembered chairs and claw-foot tables sprawled with their legs in the air.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Atticus saved Dill from immediate dismemberment.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • His dismembered body exploded like a geyser and the screen went red.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • A young elephant will most likely dismember you and trample your body parts flat.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • It is not probable that this monomania in him took its instant rise at the precise time of his bodily dismemberment.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Torn, dismembered, to make bags for holding biscuits and cakes!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • It was in the Park, on a vile, biting day in March, when the earth was like iron and all the grass seemed dead and there was not a bud anywhere except a few crocuses which had pushed themselves up to be dismembered by the wind.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • A dismembered teddy bear that seemed to have been slashed to pieces.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • It was the counter-revolution which murmured that infamous word "dismemberment."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But Pop Harper, chief clerk, still sat at his desk, twisting the levers of a half-dismembered typewriter.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Unquestionably, when it came to dividing, dismantling, dismembering, desolating, detaching, dispossessing, destroying, or dominating, Mama Elena was a pro.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • It’s a violent dismemberment.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Then he dismembered them and made his meal, gaping and crunching like a mountain lion- everything: innards, flesh, and marrow bones.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Mutilated, dismembered, tortured bodies, ripped into grotesque shreds… I had clearly seen the vestigial feelers still attached to the truncated anterior section of a child.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • But the dismembering of dolls was not the true horror.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • He could’ve been some psycho with an electric carving knife who’d dismember our bodies and wouldn’t get caught until our teeth clogged up the sewer or something like that.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • Swift and coolly businesslike, he dismembered the headless corpse.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Or has Akhilleus by this time dismembered him and thrown him to the wild dogs?
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Do it or I’ll help her dismember you!
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Tom stood a moment, to gather his dismembered faculties; and when he stepped forward to go to his punishment the surprise, the gratitude, the adoration that shone upon him out of poor Becky’s eyes seemed pay enough for a hundred floggings.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Hikers had found the mutilated and partly dismembered remains of a young man in the eastern section of Grider Wildlife Preserve.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • One of the hawks had a partially dismembered gopher in its mouth.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • Then, while Rome is undergoing gradual dismemberment, Romanesque architecture dies.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • This case is as clean-cut as this murderer’s knife, the knife that dismembered an innocent girl!
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • The men laughed about it and repeated for the benefit of newcomers the story of how, in 1932, Winnie Ruth, a convicted murderer, who axed and dismembered her victims and stuffed them in trunks, was committed to a state asylum for the criminally insane, and escaped two or three times each year.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Within moments, the ground and grasses are quivering with maimed and dismembered butterflies.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Levi’s, work shirts and underdrawers flapped in the dying moonlight like dismembered ghosts.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • A dead jackal was lying on the sandy bank, and Siddhartha’s soul slipped inside the body, was the dead jackal, lay on the banks, got bloated, stank, decayed, was dismembered by hyaenas, was skinned by vultures, turned into a skeleton, turned to dust, was blown across the fields.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar; And in the spirit of men there is no blood: O, that we then could come by Caesar’s spirit, And not dismember Caesar!
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Knife with which Voisin dismembered the wife of a compatriot and hid remains in a sheet in the cellar, the unfortunate female’s throat being cut from ear to ear.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Fire, dismemberment …. the heat of the sun.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Little words that broke up the thought and dismembered it said nothing.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • How they hammered his teeth, cut out his tongue, poked out his eyes, cut his ears off, almost dismembered him.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • You are lit up for your own imminent dismemberment.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Ku’oosh would have looked at the dismembered corpses and the atomic heat-flash outlines, where human bodies had evaporated, and the old man would have said something close and terrible had killed these people.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • Now he learned that Hutu militiamen had dismembered his uncle and left him to die in his little car on the mountain Honga.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • If he really sought to reconcile himself like a dutiful branch, he must be forgiven for having dismembered himself from the paternal tree.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Franny seemed intensely interested in the way Lane was dismembering his frogs’ legs.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • With these fateful words, Count Leo Tolstoy opened the novel of the spiritual dismemberment of his modern heroine, Anna Karenina.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
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