verb (used with object)
- to deprive of limbs; divide limb from limb: The ogre dismembered his victims before he ate them.
- to divide into parts; cut to pieces; mutilate.
- to reduce, reorganize, or discontinue the services or parts of (a company, government agency, etc.): Our business was dismembered by the conglomerate that bought it.
- to remove the limbs or members of
- to cut to pieces
- to divide or partition (something, such as an empire)
c.1300, from Old French desmembrer (11c.), from Medieval Latin dismembrare “tear limb from limb; castrate,” from Latin de- “take away” + membrum “limb” (see member). Related: Dismembered; dismembering.
- To amputate a limb or a part of a limb.