dismemberment


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dis·mem·ber

 (dĭs-mĕm′bər)
tr.v. dis·mem·bered, dis·mem·ber·ing, dis·mem·bers
1. To cut, tear, or pull off the limbs of.
2. To divide into pieces.

[Middle English dismembren, from Old French desmembrer, from Vulgar Latin *dismembrāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin membrum, limb; see member.]

dis·mem′ber·ment n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dismemberment - the removal of limbs; being cut to pieces
torturing, torture - the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
mutilation - an injury that causes disfigurement or that deprives you of a limb or other important body part
Translations

dismemberment

[dɪsˈmembəmənt] Ndesmembramiento m, desmembración f

dismemberment

[ˌdɪsˈmɛmbərmənt] n
[body] → démembrement m
(fig) (= division) [country] → morcellement m; [organization] → démantèlement m

dismemberment

n (lit)Zergliederung f; (fig)Zersplitterung f

dismemberment

n. desmembración, amputación.
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For nothing can be more evident, to those who are able to take an enlarged view of the subject, than the alternative of an adoption of the new Constitution or a dismemberment of the Union.
It is not a great deal larger than Germany, where a diet representing the whole empire is continually assembled; or than Poland before the late dismemberment, where another national diet was the depositary of the supreme power.
And so it goes, little family differences for the most part, which, if left unsettled would result finally in greater factional strife, and the eventual dismemberment of the tribe.
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Now she places a gingerbread elephant against the window, but with so tremulous a touch that it tumbles upon the floor, with the dismemberment of three legs and its trunk; it has ceased to be an elephant, and has become a few bits of musty gingerbread.
Sparsit, with a violent cold upon her, her voice reduced to a whisper, and her stately frame so racked by continual sneezes that it seemed in danger of dismemberment, gave chase to her patron until she found him in the metropolis; and there, majestically sweeping in upon him at his hotel in St.
Then, while Rome is undergoing gradual dismemberment, Romanesque architecture dies.
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