viv·​i·​sect | \ ˈvi-və-ˌsekt How to pronounce vivisect (audio) \
vivisected; vivisecting; vivisects

Definition of vivisect

transitive verb

: to perform vivisection on : subject to vivisection

intransitive verb

: to practice vivisection

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Other Words from vivisect

vivisector \ ˈvi-​və-​ˌsek-​tər How to pronounce vivisect (audio) \ noun

Examples of vivisect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ben Thompson, the founder of Stratechery, a website that vivisects Silicon Valley companies, has incisively described Amazon’s master plan. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 And quite possibly, no recent film better exemplifies these triumphs than Beyoncé's best documentary feature hopeful Homecoming, which vivisects the commitment required to be a modern-day pop legend. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Rise of the Feminist Musical Drama: 'Judy' and Other Films Spotlight Talent Over Romance," 15 Nov. 2019 Watchmen‘s cast is quite a bit more diverse than the comic book, which honored (and, to be clear, totally vivisected) the white-dudes-plus-a-lady layout of most pre-millennial superteams. Darren Franich,, "Watchmen is a high-energy American saga of racial terrorism and masked identity. It ain't boring.," 15 Oct. 2019 When Maza lodged his complaints about Crowder — whose actual offense, it should be noted, was occasionally vivisecting Maza’s purported acts of journalism — the powers that be at YouTube did their best impersonation of Pontius Pilate. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Crowder Isn’t a Threat to Public Safety," 6 June 2019 Michael Shannon is the ruthless government agent who would like to vivisect the creature. Robin Givhan,, "When it comes to movie costumes, the Academy has always favored fantasy," 4 Mar. 2018 Yet every movement to which Murray ever belonged vivisected her in exactly those ways. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "The Many Lives of Pauli Murray," 7 Apr. 2017 But nothing impresses colleagues more than his ability to diagram a good story that’s working and vivisect a bad one that’s not. Steve Daly, WIRED, "For John Carter, Director Andrew Stanton Leaps From Animation to Live-Action Sci-Fi," 29 Feb. 2012

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First Known Use of vivisect

1864, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for vivisect

back-formation from vivisection

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The first known use of vivisect was in 1864

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“Vivisect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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