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[v. ih-vis-uh-reyt; adj. ih-vis-er-it, -uh-reyt] /v. ɪˈvɪs əˌreɪt; adj. ɪˈvɪs ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), eviscerated, eviscerating.
to remove the entrails from; disembowel:
to eviscerate a chicken.
to deprive of vital or essential parts:
The censors eviscerated the book to make it inoffensive to the leaders of the party.
Surgery. to remove the contents of (a body organ).
Origin of eviscerate
1600-10; < Latin ēviscerātus, past participle of ēviscerāre to deprive of entrails, tear to pieces, equivalent to ē- e-1 + viscer(a) viscera + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
evisceration, noun
eviscerator, noun
uneviscerated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eviscerate
  • eviscerate chicken if necessary and set aside giblets for another purpose.
  • If you really want to psychologically eviscerate yourself, go right ahead.
  • Some countries want enough exceptions to eviscerate the proposals almost completely.
  • The bill would eviscerate federal unions by reducing civil service protection for employees of the new department.
  • Nobody is going to eviscerate me if my heart dies before my brain, and the possibility certainly doesn't merit mention here.
  • They're training to eviscerate things professionally later in life.
  • Tax changes must be progressive and spending cuts must not eviscerate essential services.
  • She proved herself to be a skillful political player, unafraid to eviscerate rivals.
  • Times had to eviscerate its reporting and editing staff.
  • Show any sign of weakness, and the faculty will eviscerate you.
British Dictionary definitions for eviscerate


(transitive) to remove the internal organs of; disembowel
(transitive) to deprive of meaning or significance
(transitive) (surgery) to remove the contents of (the eyeball or other organ)
(intransitive) (surgery) (of the viscera) to protrude through a weakened abdominal incision after an operation
having been disembowelled
Derived Forms
evisceration, noun
eviscerator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēviscerāre to disembowel, from viscera entrails
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Word Origin and History for eviscerate

c.1600 (figurative); 1620s (literal), from Latin evisceratus, past participle of eviscerare "to disembowel," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + viscera "internal organs." Sometimes used 17c. in figurative sense of "to bring out the deepest secrets of." Related: Eviscerated; eviscerating.

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