(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dismembered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dismembering.] [OF. desmembrer, F. dmembrer; pref. des- (L. dis) + OF. & F. membre limb. See Member.] 1. To tear limb from limb; to dilacerate; to disjoin member from member; to tear or cut in pieces; to break up.
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Fowls obscene dismembered his remains.
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A society lacerated and dismembered.
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By whose hands the blow should be struck which would dismember that once mighty empire.
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2. To deprive of membership. [Obs.]
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They were dismembered by vote of the house.
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Syn. -- To disjoint; dislocate; dilacerate; mutilate; divide; sever.
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