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English definition of “dismember”

dismember

verb [T] uk   /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
noun [U] uk   /-mənt/ us  
literary the dismemberment of the empireInternational politics and governmentSeparating and dividing
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