disembowel

verb dis·em·bow·el \ ˌdis-əm-ˈbau̇(-ə)l \
|Updated on: 4 Jul 2018

Definition of disembowel

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

disembowelment

play \-mənt\ noun

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

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First Known Use of disembowel

1618

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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disembowel Synonyms

Synonyms

clean, draw, eviscerate, gut;


DISEMBOWEL Defined for English Language Learners

disembowel

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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