adjective \ˈvi-sə-rəl, ˈvis-rəl\

: coming from strong emotions and not from logic or reason

medical : of or relating to the viscera

Full Definition of VISCERAL

:  felt in or as if in the internal organs of the body :  deep <a visceral conviction>
:  not intellectual :  instinctive, unreasoning <visceral drives>
:  dealing with crude or elemental emotions :  earthy <a visceral novel>
:  of, relating to, or located on or among the viscera :  splanchnic <visceral organs>
vis·cer·al·ly \-rə-lē\ adverb

Examples of VISCERAL

  1. Her visceral reaction was to curse at the other driver.
  2. In 1972 he began an address at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Let me start off by saying this is not quite an honor, my being here. I haven't had too much regard for the Chamber of Commerce in my years in Boston. When the Celtics won 11 championships in 13 years, it was ignored in their own town. Arnold Jacob Auerbach, though paradoxical and highly idiosyncratic, was foremost a direct and visceral man. —Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, 6 Nov. 2006

First Known Use of VISCERAL



adjective \ˈvis-ə-rəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VISCERAL

: of, relating to, or located on or among the viscera <visceral organs>—compare parietal 1
vis·cer·al·ly \-rə-lē\ adverb


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