The headlines were gruesome: after shooting and killing him, she had used a chain saw to dismember his body.
He told reporters how his assailants had recognized him, set upon him with knives and tried to dismember his wrists.
It is easy to get a handle on it if you dismember your victim.
c.1300, from Old French desmembrer (11c.), from Medieval Latin dismembrare "tear limb from limb; castrate," from Latin de- "take away" + membrum "limb" (see member). Related: Dismembered; dismembering.
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.