JUDNICK: My reaction is so visceral that I immediately, like you, isolate myself so I can breathe.
Will there be even more of a visceral response rejecting Obama?
His dislike for his opponent, 26 years his junior, whom he beat by a 7-point margin, is visceral and palpable.
1570s, "affecting inward feelings," from Middle French viscéral, from Medieval Latin visceralis "internal," from Latin viscera, plural of viscus "internal organ," of unknown origin. The bowels were regarded as the seat of emotion. The figurative sense vanished after 1640 and the literal sense is first recorded in 1794. The figurative sense was revived 1940s in arts criticism.
visceral vis·cer·al (vĭs'ər-əl)
Relating to, situated in, or affecting the viscera.