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 Leonard had been special for a long time before eviscerating Harden in March 2017. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Top 10 Spurs moments: No. 10 — Kawhi Leonard’s combo vs. Rockets," 27 Apr. 2020 The economic damage has been devastating, eviscerating businesses, driving up job losses and unnerving voters whose lives and livelihoods have been upended. New York Times, "Back in Session, State Legislatures Challenge Governors’ Authority," 11 Apr. 2020 As Ground Kyle was eviscerating the Packers’ defense, the 49ers’ defense was doing a similar number on quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Co. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers, Mostert rush back to Super Bowl with 37-20 win over Packers," 19 Jan. 2020 Of course, Tim Meadows played him in the '90s during the murder trial, the same time Norm Macdonald eviscerated him on Update. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, "Saturday Night Live recap: Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler join second at-home episode," 26 Apr. 2020 The real risk is that a long crisis will eviscerate international cooperation … and leave a more anarchic world. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The pandemic makes the world more dangerous," 26 Apr. 2020 Oil Inventories Are Doing in Top Asian Importers Coronavirus lockdowns have eviscerated energy demand worldwide, although many refiners can’t completely halt their activities due to existing fuel supply contacts to some customers. Sharon Cho, Bloomberg.com, "South Korea Out of Onshore Oil Storage for Third-Party Lease," 28 Apr. 2020 Their revenue streams are being eviscerated, their endowments have plunged. Joseph E. Stiglitz, The New York Review of Books, "A Lasting Remedy for the Covid-19 Pandemic’s Economic Crisis," 8 Apr. 2020 Political commentators and scholars immediately decried the opinion as eviscerating Congress’ oversight powers. Kirsten Carlson, The Conversation, "Reports of the death of congressional oversight are greatly exaggerated," 17 Mar. 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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The first known use of eviscerate was in 1599

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29 May 2020

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“Eviscerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eviscerate. Accessed 31 May. 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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