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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

disembowel

verb
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ I seriously considered disembowelling Ian for this, but on reflection that would be a little harsh.
▪ It's like offering an elastoplast to somebody who has just been disembowelled.
▪ She felt it go as if her body had been disembowelled.
▪ Sure enough, right in front of her astonished onlookers, she set about disembowelling a dead chick.
▪ They had an instrument for disembowelling him which they waved aloft in the highest court in the land.
▪ This is a war in which children and babies have frequently had their throats cut, and pregnant women been disembowelled.
▪ Yorick had disembowelled himself, messily but effectively, with his samurai sword.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Disembowel

Disembowel \Dis`em*bow"el\ (d[i^]s`[e^]m*bou"[e^]l), v. t. [See Embowel.]

  1. To take or let out the bowels or interior parts of; to eviscerate.

    Soon after their death, they are disemboweled.
    --Cook.

    Roaring floods and cataracts that sweep From disemboweled earth the virgin gold.
    --Thomson.

  2. To take or draw from the body, as the web of a spider. [R.] ``Her disemboweled web.''
    --J. Philips.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

disembowel

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

Wiktionary

disembowel

vb. 1 To take or let out the bowels or interior parts of; to eviscerate. 2 To take or draw from the body, as the web of a spider.

WordNet

disembowel

  1. v. remove the entrails of; "draw a chicken" [syn: eviscerate, draw]

  2. [also: disembowelling, disembowelled]

Usage examples of "disembowel".

She disemboweled Baldpate, tearing the slick pink organs from his belly.

The swordsman ducked under Ballas flailing arms and sent a disembowelling cut across Ballas belly.

One of these Frank kept positioned exactly facing the massive speakers of his elaborate hi-fi system, its working parts concealed inside a birchwood Biedermeier tallboy that had been disembowelled to accommodate it.

He had found them not only in the bedroom, where it was obvious that Joyce Cottrell had been killed and partially disemboweled, but through most of the rest of the house as well.

The carcass of the lioness, half disembowelled, her reeking guts hanging out of the cavity, slithered after him and Drumfire could stand it no longer.

Before you disemboweled or whatever you did with her to be able to take a Herero girl before the eyes of your superior officer, and stay potent.

Before you disemboweled or whatever you did with her, to be able to take a Herero girl before the eyes of your superior officer, and stay potent.

Most of the Yankees decided that fleeing through the shells offered a better chance of survival than being disemboweled in a blood-sodden trench, and so a horde of Northerners scrambled out of the railbed and ran across the open ground.

Arab rioters yipe and howl, castrating, disembowelling, throw burning gasoline.

They were ordinary Xhandarreans, united in death by the fact that they had been disemboweled and had the tops of their heads removed.

Men were disemboweled with full sword sweeps, horses beheaded, limbs hacked off living bodies while blood squirted and the victims screamed their last.

A long, flat table stood a little way off, with what he could only imagine to be disemboweling tools lying on a wooden tray next to it.

Other devils were slaying humans down there, disemboweling one last adventurer as he watched.

In a lightninglike move, Ren rolled and disemboweled the man who had rammed him from behind.

The megatonnes of concrete, rock, and steel armoring their weapons glowed and fused, yet die infidels seemed to have no deep-earth penetrators, and surface bursts lacked the power to punch through and disembowel the forts.