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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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 In all these cases, the subsequent apologies exacerbated the agony and the sleaze by giving late night comics, editorial writers, and the rest of us more to mock and eviscerate. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "Mark Sanford, Act II," 14 Feb. 2013 Its filing would eviscerate the act’s protections for Americans with existing medical conditions, a population the GOP swore in the past to protect at all costs. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The Trump administration finds another way to throw sand in Obamacare's gears, at patients' expense," 9 July 2018 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

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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