dis·​em·​bow·​el | \ ˌdis-əm-ˈbau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce disembowel (audio) \
disemboweled; disemboweling; disembowels

Definition of disembowel

transitive verb

1 : to take out the bowels of : eviscerate also : to slash or tear the abdomen so that some or all of the internal organs protrude
2 : to remove the substance of a program disemboweled by spending cuts

Other Words from disembowel

disembowelment \ ˌdis-​əm-​ˈbau̇(-​ə)l-​mənt How to pronounce disembowel (audio) \ noun

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Examples of disembowel in a Sentence

The fierce cat uses its claws to disembowel its prey. ancient Roman prophets would disembowel animals in order to read the future from their entrails
Recent Examples on the Web Kathy Kraninger, Mulvaney’s successor, continued his effort to disembowel the agency. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 Sometimes, especially unlucky toads are still alive when these serpents disembowel them, Henrik Bringsøe, an amateur herpetologist from Denmark and the first author of the new study, writes in a statement. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Oct. 2020 Nonetheless, everyone stays back from her long and powerful legs, which can deliver a lion-disemboweling kick. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 13 Mar. 2020 Fortunately no one resembles a tasty gazelle antelope, which cheetahs — who rule as Earth’s fastest mammals — race down, viciously bite in the neck to suffocate and bloodily disembowel to devour. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 13 Apr. 2020 The Tollund Man was almost certainly hanged, while others appear to have been disemboweled, decapitated or bled from the throat. Robert Rubsam, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2020 That is small consolation when your steers are disemboweled or your dog torn to pieces. Ben Long, Outdoor Life, 6 Mar. 2020 Seattle had just disemboweled the 49ers on national television, a loss that would topple whatever remained of the 49ers’ resurgence under Harbaugh. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, 9 Nov. 2019 Several bodies were disembowelled or otherwise mutilated. Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of disembowel

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disembowel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disembowel. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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