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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Other Words from eviscerate

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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THE SWAMP Sessions rips federal judge for 'improperly' reinstating DACA, 'eviscerating' executive power. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Ohio special election in spotlight; Attack on conservative stars unmasks 'Maxine Waters' America'," 7 Aug. 2018 As late as 2010, rap blogs remained impactful enough that Tyler, the Creator eviscerated two of the most popular gatekeepers, Nah Right and 2 Dope Boyz, for refusing to post Odd Future’s music. Jeff Weiss, latimes.com, "How Instagram and YouTube help underground hip-hop artists and tastemakers find huge audiences," 4 July 2018 Television industry executives were humiliated in 2000 for calling the results of the presidential election too early, and United Airlines Chief Executive Oscar Munoz was eviscerated last year for his company's woeful customer relations record. David Pierson, latimes.com, "Facebook signals Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress over data privacy scandal," 27 Mar. 2018 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

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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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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