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 eviscerate (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 Nathan is fairly ridiculous in his fusty attachment to family lore, but even characters who disagree with him don’t really want to eviscerate the guy. oregonlive, 9 June 2021 In a 2-1 decision joined by Judge Alan Norris, Judge Amul Thapar cites Supreme Court precedents such as Adarand and Richmond v. Croson to eviscerate the SBA’s discriminatory logic. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 31 May 2021 The controversy, which would likely be heard in the fall and decided by June of 2022, could eviscerate the heart of Roe v. Wade, which declared women have a constitutional right to end a pregnancy. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 17 May 2021 Despite the stated purpose of these restrictions, various governments — federal, state, and local — used this opportunity to eviscerate livelihoods and to push a political agenda. Chip Roy, National Review, 16 Mar. 2021 The House letter is an indication that Mr. Cardona’s Education Department will face fierce ideological and interest-group pressure to eviscerate Mrs. DeVos’s guidance. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 Significant return can flow from helping homeowners avoid costly mistakes in planning and executing renovations, which can sharply reduce home value and eviscerate the interest of future buyers. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 The show occasionally gave them a bigger showcase, usually against Fozzie Bear, but their finest hour came opposite vaudeville and television legend Milton Berle, who gamely allowed the elderly duo to eviscerate him on stage. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, 19 Feb. 2021 When Parliament finally opened greyhound ownership to all comers, the working class surged into hare coursing, in which greyhounds use sight, speed, and agility to pursue and oftentimes kill (read: eviscerate) a brown hare. Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, 31 Oct. 2020

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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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23 Jun 2021

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“Eviscerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eviscerate. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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