evis·cer·ate | \i-ˈvi-sə-ˌrāt \
eviscerated; eviscerating

Definition of eviscerate 

transitive verb

1a : to take out the entrails of : disembowel

b : to deprive of vital content or force

2 : to remove an organ from (a patient) or the contents of (an organ)

intransitive verb

: to protrude through a surgical incision or suffer protrusion of a part through an incision

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evisceration \i-ˌvi-sə-ˈrā-shən \ noun

Synonyms for eviscerate


clean, disembowel, draw, gut

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Examples of eviscerate in a Sentence

the ancient Egyptians would eviscerate the bodies of the dead as part of the process of mummifying them

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While Uber as a corporate behemoth has eviscerated the yellow cab industry, front-line workers in both worlds share a common bond over their economic desperation. New York Times, "Taxi Drivers in New York Are Struggling. So Are Uber Drivers.," 17 June 2018 This loss was nothing like the humiliation of 2014, when Brazil was eviscerated by Germany in a 7-1 semifinal defeat on home soil. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Belgium’s Golden Generation Delivers on Promise With a Run to World Cup Semifinal," 6 July 2018 Indeed, commentators across the political spectrum have defended Mr. Lepage and Ms. Bonifassi after days of their being eviscerated in the media for tone-deafness. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "A Show About Slaves, With White Actors, Will Go On After Protests," 12 July 2018 To me, the more troubling thing, the more painful thing, is an entire approach to governing is just being eviscerated. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "A Decade at Obama’s Side: An Interview With Ben Rhodes," 17 June 2018 There is also the sense of an attempt to eviscerate anything Barack Obama did. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Diplomat Who Quit the Trump Administration," 19 May 2018 The rapper was late to Game 2 but arrived in time to watch LeBron eviscerate his Raptors and to give Toronto a new name: LeBronto. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "LeBron James destroyed the Raptors and the memes were perfect," 3 May 2018 The confirmation to the Court of additional anti-gun justices would eviscerate the Second Amendment’s fundamental protections. Charles Cameron, Vox, "The litmus test for a Supreme Court nominee," 5 July 2018 The Senate, after eviscerating the notion of a real citizens’ commission, tossed in a provision creating electoral judicial districts for judges who now run statewide. John Baer, Philly.com, "Two Pa. House and Senate leaders (sorta) defend our lackluster legislature | John Baer," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of eviscerate

1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for eviscerate

Latin evisceratus, past participle of eviscerare, from e- + viscera viscera

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English Language Learners Definition of eviscerate

: to take out the internal organs of (an animal)


evis·cer·ate | \i-ˈvis-ə-ˌrāt \
eviscerated; eviscerating

Medical Definition of eviscerate 

transitive verb

1 : to remove the viscera of

2 : to remove an organ from (a patient) or the contents of (an organ)

intransitive verb

: to protrude through a surgical incision or suffer protrusion of a part through an incision

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