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 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 In Gorongosa, the dogs target bushbuck, impala and waterbuck, surrounding the prey, grabbing at legs, nose and hindquarters, disemboweling it from below. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Wild Pups Romp Again in an African Paradise," 3 Aug. 2019 Nailah Pettigen was dead, appeared to have been disemboweled, had an incision from her neck to her stomach, her intestines were spilled out onto the ground and her bed was completely soaked through with blood, Gaches said. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Fremont man convicted of brutal murder of his mother in 2015," 30 July 2019 But the movie’s conclusion is unforgettable as Dani determines that the unfaithful Christian be offered up as a human sacrifice, which results in him being burned to death while trapped in the body of a disemboweled bear. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Midsommar director talks unforgettable ending of horror film," 5 July 2019 Halfway under the frame lay the family’s small dog, disemboweled by the blows of the log. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: First the burglaries; then the dogs started dying (Part Two)," 22 June 2019 Later, Matt marveled at the vastness and bustle of the Tsukiji Fish Market — and was grimly fascinated watching a live eel being disemboweled. Andrew Bender, latimes.com, "A trip to Japan with my teenage nephew leads to life lessons," 16 June 2019 The torso has been severed at the waist and disemboweled. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "'The Tunnel' returns to PBS and speaks truth to our border and immigration debate," 28 June 2018 One officer was killed and disemboweled; two others were badly injured. Longreads, "Where Have You Hidden the Cholera?," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of disembowel

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Sep 2019

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The first known use of disembowel was in 1618

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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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