Dismemberment Dis*mem"ber*ment, n. [Cf. OF. desmembrement, F. d['e]membrement.] The act of dismembering, or the state of being dismembered; cutting in piece; m?tilation; division; separation. [1913 Webster]

The Castilians would doubtless have resented the dismemberment of the unwieldy body of which they formed the head. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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