Meaning of “disembowel” in the English Dictionary

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"disembowel" in British English

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disembowelverb [ T ]

uk /ˌdɪs.ɪmˈbaʊ.əl/ us /ˌdɪs.ɪmˈbaʊ.əl/ -ll- or US usually -l-

Examples from literature

  • After a short time the operation was again commenced, and in a few minutes the body disembowelled. 
  • He was fighting to get under, as he had flung himself under the caribou he had disembowelled. 
  • He who commits high treason is disembowelled alive, and they tear out his heart and buffet his cheeks with it. 
  • The nobles, when he had been disembowelled, had his body kept embalmed for three years, for they feared the provinces would rise if the king's end were published. 
  • With a furious bound, the bound of an enraged wild beast that wishes to disembowel its tamer, I crossed my room to seize him, to strangle him, to kill him!... 

(Definition of “disembowel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)