Definition of visceral
1 : felt in or as if in the internal organs of the body : deep a visceral conviction
3 : dealing with crude or elemental emotions : earthy a visceral novel
viscerallyplay \ˈvi-sə-rə-lē, ˈvis-rə-\ adverb
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Examples of visceral in a Sentence
In 1972 he began an address at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon, “Let me start off by saying this is not quite an honor, my being here. I haven't had too much regard for the Chamber of Commerce in my years in Boston. When the Celtics won 11 championships in 13 years, it was ignored in their own town.” Arnold Jacob Auerbach, though paradoxical and highly idiosyncratic, was foremost a direct and visceral man. —Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, 6 Nov. 2006
When you measure your waist circumference, you're indirectly measuring your visceral fat. —David Schardt, Nutrition Action, July/August 2006
But there are strong taboos I haven't anticipated. The most striking is the visceral dislike of rawness. In China, the consumption of raw foods was historically viewed as a barbarian habit, and most everything is still eaten cooked. —Fuchsia Dunlop, Gourmet, August 2005
One of the wonders of cooking is that the tiniest adjustment to what you are making, the addition of a single ingredient or the execution of a technique, can entirely change a dish and the visceral response you get from eating it. —Amanda Hesser, New York Times, 17 July 2002
Her visceral reaction was to curse at the other driver.
Recent Examples of visceral from the Web
Trump has a visceral hatred of governance, a gut-level instinct that has led to him leaving hundreds of top-level positions vacant.
Much of Thursday’s news cycle was spent focusing on Donald Trump’s rather visceral attack on MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski and the ensuing social-media back-and-forth throughout the rest of the day.
Ethical debates aside, colorization adds a common thread to the moments captured in America in Color: a modernizing, visceral narrative lens.
There’s different versions of metal that cover a wide [spread] of emotions, but definitely at the root of it is this visceral aggression.
The film, which stars Chris Evans as well as Tilda Swinton, the late John Hurt and Octavia Spencer, is a visceral, slightly absurd and incredibly powerful story about survival, told in the director’s distinctive style.
That song, the second track on the record, is a time-signature shifting, darkly satirical piece about petty revenge, with visceral disgust at consumerism and social ambition at its core.
All of it packed a visceral punch, while also providing considerable food for thought.
In nearly every case, her paintings are visceral, instinctive, expressionist and organic.
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The Tie Between visceral and Biology
The "viscera" are the internal organs of the body-especially those located in the large cavity of the trunk (e.g., the heart, liver, and intestines). The word viscera comes from Latin, in which it has essentially the same meaning. Something "visceral" has to do with the viscera. In a more figurative sense, something "visceral" is felt "deep down." Even in the early years of its use, "visceral" often referred to things emotional rather than physiological. For example, in 1640, an English bishop named Edward Reynolds wrote, "Love is of all other the inmost and most visceral affection." This figurative use is the most common use of "visceral," but the word continues to be used in medical contexts as well.
First Known Use of visceral
VISCERAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of visceral for English Language Learners
: coming from strong emotions and not from logic or reason
medical : of or relating to the viscera
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