- 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
Examples from the Web for eviscerate
If paying your taxes is compelled speech in support of the government, can the First Amendment be used to eviscerate taxes?The Supreme Court Turns the First Amendment Into a Weapon for Corporations
July 8, 2014
Romney appeared ready to “eviscerate Obamacare,” in the words of one attendee.Mitt Romney Offers Campaign Messaging Preview for Donors
April 13, 2011
Scientists are figuring out how to locate and eviscerate the worst moments of your life.How to Erase Your Memories
November 7, 2008
- (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
Word Origin and History for eviscerate
c.1600 (figurative); 1620s (literal), from Latin evisceratus, past participle of eviscerare "to disembowel," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + viscera "internal organs." Sometimes used 17c. in figurative sense of "to bring out the deepest secrets of." Related: Eviscerated; eviscerating.