[ verb ih-vis-uh-reyt; adjective ih-vis-er-it, -uh-reyt ]
/ verb ɪˈvɪs əˌreɪt; adjective ɪˈvɪs ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), e·vis·cer·at·ed, e·vis·cer·at·ing.

to remove the entrails from; disembowel: to eviscerate a chicken.
to deprive of vital or essential parts: The censors eviscerated the book to make it inoffensive to the leaders of the party.
Surgery. to remove the contents of (a body organ).


Origin of eviscerate

1600–10; < Latin ēviscerātus, past participle of ēviscerāre to deprive of entrails, tear to pieces, equivalent to ē- e-1 + viscer(a) viscera + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

e·vis·cer·a·tion, noune·vis·cer·a·tor, nounun·e·vis·cer·at·ed, adjective
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/ (ɪˈvɪsəˌreɪt) /


(tr) to remove the internal organs of; disembowel
(tr) to deprive of meaning or significance
(tr) surgery to remove the contents of (the eyeball or other organ)
(intr) surgery (of the viscera) to protrude through a weakened abdominal incision after an operation


having been disembowelled

Derived Forms

evisceration, nouneviscerator, noun

Word Origin for eviscerate

C17: from Latin ēviscerāre to disembowel, from viscera entrails
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