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tr.v. dis·em·bow·eled, dis·em·bow·el·ing, dis·em·bow·els or dis·em·bow·elled or dis·em·bow·el·ling
1. To remove the entrails from.
2. To deprive of meaning or substance.

dis′em·bow′el·ment n.
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Noun1.disembowelment - the act of removing the bowels or viscera; the act of cutting so as to cause the viscera to protrude
remotion, removal - the act of removing; "he had surgery for the removal of a malignancy"
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References in classic literature ?
They viciously snapped, not only at each other's disembowelments, but like flexible bows, bent round, and bit their own; till those entrails seemed swallowed over and over again by the same mouth, to be oppositely voided by the gaping wound.
According to Professor Coenen, "Pike itself presented an odd case in which to set forth a standard for assessing neutral rules because it involved the application of a state statute that, under present-day analysis, appeared to entail overt discrimination." (240) "From a present-day vantage point, the operation of the Arizona law thus seemed to discriminate against interstate commerce by imposing an in-state processing requirement on the grower." (241) Professor Regan reaches the same result as Professor Coenen by characterizing the Arizona law as "protectionist" and equivalent to an "embargo." (242) After an exhaustive, rigorous disembowelment of the decision, Professor Regan concludes that Pike is not a balancing opinion at all despite professing to be one.
There's a psychological aspect in Brightburn which the film mostly ignores, going instead for gross effects like a shard of glass being pulled from an eyeball (other joys include disembowelment and a grotesquely shattered jaw).
unusual" that only encompassed "disembowelment, burning alive,
They squirm in intolerable pain of incineration, lashing, impalement, mutilation, and disembowelment ndash with no one caring to save them anymore.
Disembowelment and cutting people into quarters was accepted as the norm, yet here we are again polluting the atmosphere with the acrid smoke of very expensive fireworks, terrifying our pets and most of our children and, as for the wildlife, well I hate to think of the environmental damage that is being done.
The victim dies before it is tied to the Ogun trees for disembowelment. With a sharp knife, the dog's stomach is cut open so that the bowel and intestines are visible through the gaping hole and the blood flows out over the stones and entrance to the shrine.
(8) Looking at this translation is crucial because it shows a moment of birth and exclamatory jubilance in Whitman turn into a scene of disembowelment in Knortz's harsh, guttural German: "Waffe wohlgestaltet, entblofit, blass, / Der Kopf dem Eingeweide der Mutter entstammend" (in retranslation: "Weapon, well-created, exposed, pallid, / The head from the entrails of the mother stemming").
Shock tactics, ironical twists and macabre weapons (how does disembowelment by the last of California's 50 condors grab you?) prevail.
Whatever the reason, he fell afoul of Hideyoshi, who ordered him to commit Seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment) in 1591.