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eviscerate

[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.
1.
to remove the entrails from; disembowel:
to eviscerate a chicken.
2.
to deprive of vital or essential parts:
The censors eviscerated the book to make it inoffensive to the leaders of the party.
3.
Surgery. to remove the contents of (a body organ).
Origin
1600-1610
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
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Examples 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

eviscerate

/ɪˈvɪsəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to remove the internal organs of; disembowel
2.
(transitive) to deprive of meaning or significance
3.
(transitive) (surgery) to remove the contents of (the eyeball or other organ)
4.
(intransitive) (surgery) (of the viscera) to protrude through a weakened abdominal incision after an operation
adjective
5.
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
v.

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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