evis·​cer·​ate | \ i-ˈvi-sə-ˌrāt How to pronounce eviscerate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce evisceration (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Instead, that statement belongs to Sydney Hightower of The Bachelor 2020 and an evening-wear-only conversation that included a screaming match so powerful, one woman had to jump to her feet to properly eviscerate an enemy. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Bachelor Has Devolved Into The Real Housewives," 5 Feb. 2020 Just this past September, after Wisconsin eviscerated the Wolverines, Finebaum did the same to Harbaugh. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "That time Michigan's Jim Harbaugh nearly settled his feud with SEC apologist Paul Finebaum," 30 Dec. 2019 Neil eviscerated Corbyn in his interview, asking him very difficult questions about his own Brexit position, his ambitious manifesto and the anti-Semitism scandal that has engulfed his leadership since 2015. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson is hiding from scrutiny. It might win him the election," 7 Dec. 2019 Swift’s antagonists have always been intimates, and the joy she’s taken in either loving them or eviscerating them has always been evident, and thrilling. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Taylor Swift Emerges From the Darkness Unbroken on ‘Lover’," 23 Aug. 2019 Of course, by spank, Billy really means eviscerate them in the most brutal way possible. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Karl Urban has a message for superheroes in final The Boys trailer: 'F— those f—s!'," 23 July 2019 The bad news is there's a chance that Warren, who is in the top tier of contenders, and Klobuchar, who is eager to stand out, could eviscerate him by dint of comparison. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "The do-or-die mission for Democrats hitting the stage Wednesday night," 26 June 2019 The first is that the NPA, like other anti-crime institutions, was eviscerated during Mr Zuma’s time in office. The Economist, "Batohi’s battle The wheels of justice are finally turning in South Africa," 12 Dec. 2019 Though 2013's Man of Steel provided a solid-enough foundation for that universe, cracks in the DC Films strategy didn't show so much as define 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, eviscerated by critics and disappointing at the box office. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What Does the Future Hold for the DC Film Universe?," 26 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of eviscerate was in 1599

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21 Feb 2020

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“Eviscerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eviscerate. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of eviscerate

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


evis·​cer·​ate | \ i-ˈvis-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce eviscerate (audio) \
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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