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Definition to cut or pull off limbs or other parts of a body


to divide into pieces — especially destructively
  • The tiger dismembered the tourist.
dismembered = pulled limbs or other parts off of a body
  • The country is being dismembered on ethnic lines.
  • 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
  • dismembered = pulled apart
  • Atticus saved Dill from immediate dismemberment.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • dismemberment = bodily attack (in this exaggerating by saying a body part would be cut off)
  • Scalps were taken, stomachs slit open, eardrums punctured, and genitals dismembered.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Or has Akhilleus by this time dismembered him and thrown him to the wild dogs?
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • It was blood the crowds came for: death, dismemberment, and shrieks of agony, the music of the scarlet sands.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • It's a violent dismemberment.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Of massacres in distant countries, pregnant women dismembered in the squares.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Swift and coolly businesslike, he dismembered the headless corpse.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Independent nations have therefore a natural tendency to centralization, and confederations to dismemberment.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • And on the instant rose that terrible distressing scream of acute agony—like that of a woman being dismembered.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • "First we will dismember you," said a Flyboy.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • This case is as clean-cut as this murderer's knife, the knife that dismembered an innocent girl!
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Little words that broke up the thought and dismembered it said nothing.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Fire, dismemberment .... the heat of the sun.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • 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
  • First of all I dismembered the corpse.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Where shall I find his corpse? what earth sustains His trunk dismember'd, and his cold remains?
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid

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