disembowel

[dis-em-bou-uh l]
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verb (used with object), dis·em·bow·eled, dis·em·bow·el·ing or (especially British) dis·em·bow·elled, dis·em·bow·el·ling.
  1. to remove the bowels or entrails from; eviscerate.
  2. 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 formsdis·em·bow·el·ment, noun
Can be confuseddisembodied disemboweled dismembered
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Related Words for disembowel

draw, clean, eviscerate, extract, empty, exenterate

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British Dictionary definitions for disembowel

disembowel

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
  1. (tr) to remove the entrails of
Derived Formsdisembowelment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disembowel
v.

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

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