disembowel

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verb dis·em·bow·el \ˌdis-əm-ˈbau̇(-ə)l\

Definition of disembowel

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take out the bowels of :  eviscerate

  3. 2 :  to remove the substance of a program disemboweled by spending cuts

disembowelment

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Examples of disembowel in a sentence

  1. The fierce cat uses its claws to disembowel its prey.

  2. ancient Roman prophets would disembowel animals in order to read the future from their entrails

1618

First Known Use of disembowel

1618


DISEMBOWEL Defined for English Language Learners

disembowel

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verb dis·em·bow·el \ˌdis-əm-ˈbau̇(-ə)l\

Definition of disembowel for English Language Learners

  • : 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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