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[dis-em-bou-uh l] /ˌdɪs ɛmˈbaʊ əl/
verb (used with object), disemboweled, disemboweling or (especially British) disembowelled, disembowelling.
to remove the bowels or entrails from; eviscerate.
to cut or slash open the abdomen of, as by bayoneting, so as to expose or remove the viscera.
Origin of disembowel
First recorded in 1595-1605; dis-1 + embowel
Related forms
disembowelment, noun
Can be confused
disembodied, disemboweled, dismembered. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As he followed on horseback, he found one after the other of his dogs torn to pieces, disemboweled, and dismembered.

  • Masters disemboweled their slaves, to search for prognostications in their entrails.

    The Brass Bell Eugne Sue
  • Out in the woodshed a disemboweled chest of drawers had been turned into an apartment-house for dolls.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
  • The other feather-beds and pillows were ripped up, disemboweled and emptied by some of the other rioters.

  • He clipped them, beheaded them, disemboweled them and warped them all out of shape.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • The child obeyed the hag's orders and disemboweled the two little children.

  • The trackside was strewn with disemboweled whitewood barrels.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for disemboweled


verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
(transitive) to remove the entrails of
Derived Forms
disembowelment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disemboweled



c.1600, from dis- + embowel. Earlier form was disbowel (mid-15c.); embowel, with the same meaning, is attested from 1520s. Related: Disemboweled; disembowelment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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