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

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disembowelment \ ˌdis-​əm-​ˈbau̇(-​ə)l-​mənt How to pronounce disembowelment (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 Nonetheless, everyone stays back from her long and powerful legs, which can deliver a lion-disemboweling kick. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Last Giraffes on Earth," 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, "Have a wild time on a Serengeti safari," 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, "Letter of Recommendation: Bog Bodies," 24 Mar. 2020 That is small consolation when your steers are disemboweled or your dog torn to pieces. Ben Long, Outdoor Life, "Finding a Middle Ground on Wolves and Wolf Management," 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, "Sorry, Richard Sherman. 49ers vs. Seahawks is not just ‘another game’," 9 Nov. 2019 Several bodies were disembowelled or otherwise mutilated. Washington Post, "For the first time, a man has been sentenced for sexual slavery by the International Criminal Court. He got 30 years.," 7 Nov. 2019 The prequel saga released from 1999 to 2005 was disemboweled and, more recently, staunchly defended. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Star Wars rewatch: A New Hope lets the old things die," 23 Oct. 2019 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. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wild time on a Serengeti safari," 11 Sep. 2019

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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 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disembowel

: to take the stomach, intestines, etc., out of (an animal or person) : to remove the bowels of (an animal or person)

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