dismember

[dis-mem-ber]
verb (used with object)
1.
to deprive of limbs; divide limb from limb: The ogre dismembered his victims before he ate them.
2.
to divide into parts; cut to pieces; mutilate.
3.
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.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English dismembren < Anglo-French, Old French desmembrer, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -membrer, verbal derivative of membre member

dismemberer, noun
dismemberment, noun
nondismemberment, noun

disembodied, disemboweled, dismembered.
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dismember (dɪsˈmɛmbə)
 
vb
1.  to remove the limbs or members of
2.  to cut to pieces
3.  to divide or partition (something, such as an empire)
 
dis'memberer
 
n
 
dis'memberment
 
n

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dismember
c.1300, from O.Fr. desmembrer, from M.L. dismembrare, from L. de- "take away" + membrum "limb" (see member). Related: Dismembered; dismemberment.
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dismember dis·mem·ber (dĭs-měm'bər)
v. dis·mem·bered, dis·mem·ber·ing, dis·mem·bers
To amputate a limb or a part of a limb.


dis·mem'ber·ment n.
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Example sentences
They were threatening to dismember an empire that he had painstakingly built up
  over five decades.
Players use a series of mining tools resembling weapons to dismember and
  destroy approaching enemies.
He might try to dismember an opposing player with a karate kick.
The stay also prevents creditors from racing to dismember financially the
  debtor to the prejudice of other creditors.
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