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English definition of “dismember”

dismember

verb [T]     /dɪˈsmem.bər/ US  /-bɚ/
to cut , tear , or pull the arms and legs off a human body : The police found the dismembered body of a young man in the murderer's freezer .Cutting off and disconnecting literary to divide a country or an empire into different parts : The UN protested at the dismembering of Bosnia.International politics and governmentSeparating and dividing dismemberment     /-mənt/ noun [U] literary the dismemberment of the empire International politics and governmentSeparating and dividing
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