- 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
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Examples from the Web for disembowelment
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
- (tr) to remove the entrails of
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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.
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