embowel

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em- +‎ bowel

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embowel (third-person singular simple present embowels, present participle emboweling or embowelling, simple past and past participle emboweled or embowelled)

  1. (obsolete) To enclose or bury.
  2. To remove the bowels; disembowel.
    • 1913, Henry W. Nevinson, Essays in Rebellion[1]:
      As to that part of the sentence which relates to embowelling, it was never executed now, but this omission was owing to accident, or to the mercy of the executioner, not to the discretion of the judge. "
    • 1867, John Lothrop Motley, Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete[2]:
      Who doubts that the fineing, whipping, torturing, hanging, embowelling of men, women, and children, guilty of no other crime than adhesion to the Catholic faith, had assisted the Pope and Philip, and their band of English, Scotch, and Irish conspirators, to shake Elizabeth's throne and endanger her life?

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