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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
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. 2016.
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  • Unless experienced in bull fighting, he does not appreciate the danger, and a sudden charge has often resulted in disembowelment.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
British Dictionary definitions for disembowelment


verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
(transitive) to remove the entrails of
Derived Forms
disembowelment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disembowelment



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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