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

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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In a 1960 essay for National Review, Didion eviscerated typical European criticisms of America. Mary Spencer, National Review, "What Joan Didion Saw," 29 June 2019 If curiosity killed the cat, the puzzle-solving exploration is going to eviscerate lead characters Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Nick Romano, EW.com, "10 best videogames of 2019 (so far)," 27 June 2019 My character could run, jump, shoot, and eviscerate enemies without any problems. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Hands On With Google’s Stadia Video Game-Streaming Service," 14 June 2019 With ill-fitting tuxes and mean tweets and weird fist bumps, the Trumps, led by our incurious and norm-eviscerating president, gave the royal family a taste of what nonbrainwashed Americans have had to endure since Jan. 20, 2017. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, "What the (BLEEP) just happened? Rex Huppke's 'Week In Review'," 7 June 2019 The experience eviscerates the caretaker’s soul in a way that words cannot describe. WSJ, "The Good Death: On Leaving This World in a Satisfying Way," 15 Feb. 2019 When Kim eviscerated Kourtney for not having her app ready to launch with the other sisters. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 Things the Kardashian-Jenners Did on Their Apps That Will Stand the Test of Time," 20 Dec. 2018 Either Republican would eviscerate him simply on registration imbalance alone. latimes.com, "Rohrabacher's remarks on LGBTQ homebuyers are deeply offensive," 30 May 2018 He was known largely for his efforts to eviscerate voting-rights legislation. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "McConnell Calls for ‘Gang’ to Decide How to Honor John McCain," 28 Aug. 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

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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