- of or relating to the viscera.
- affecting the viscera.
- of the nature of or resembling viscera.
- characterized by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect: a visceral reaction.
- characterized by or dealing with coarse or base emotions; earthy; crude: a visceral literary style.
Origin of visceral
Examples from the Web for viscerally
And when he shaved clean the perfectly coiffed hair, she was viscerally horrified.From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk
December 3, 2014
Art is often said to “speak” to its viewer, but it is rare for this to happen so viscerally and clearly.In Hands of Hungarian Artist, Jewish Home Movies of the ’30s a Warning of Coming Holocaust
October 25, 2014
With Obama going back into Iraq and with ISIS, viscerally I feel like we should do this, but can we think this through?Rory Kennedy on ‘Last Days in Vietnam,’ the Parallels Between Vietnam and Iraq, and Ferguson
September 1, 2014
Is there a moment like that which viscerally inspired you to write Third Person?Paul Haggis on Scientology, the ‘Crash’ Oscar, and ‘Third Person’
June 19, 2014
I could just sort of viscerally feel that there was something real going on there.Chang-rae Lee: How I Write
January 22, 2014
- of, relating to, or affecting the viscera
- characterized by intuition or instinct rather than intellect
Word Origin and History for viscerally
1570s, "affecting inward feelings," from Middle French viscéral, from Medieval Latin visceralis "internal," from Latin viscera, plural of viscus "internal organ," of unknown origin. The bowels were regarded as the seat of emotion. The figurative sense vanished after 1640 and the literal sense is first recorded in 1794. The figurative sense was revived 1940s in arts criticism.
- Relating to, situated in, or affecting the viscera.