[ verb ih-vis-uh-reyt; adjective ih-vis-er-it, -uh-reyt ]
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verb (used with object),e·vis·cer·at·ed, e·vis·cer·at·ing.
  1. to remove the entrails from; disembowel: to eviscerate a chicken.

  2. to deprive of vital or essential parts: The censors eviscerated the book to make it inoffensive to the leaders of the party.

  1. Surgery. to remove the contents of (a body organ).

Origin of eviscerate

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

Other words from eviscerate

  • e·vis·cer·a·tion [ih-vis-uh-rey-shuhn], /ɪˌvɪs əˈreɪ ʃən/, noun
  • e·vis·cer·a·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for eviscerate


/ (ɪˈvɪsəˌreɪt) /

  1. (tr) to remove the internal organs of; disembowel

  2. (tr) to deprive of meaning or significance

  1. (tr) surgery to remove the contents of (the eyeball or other organ)

  2. (intr) surgery (of the viscera) to protrude through a weakened abdominal incision after an operation

  1. having been disembowelled

Origin of eviscerate

C17: from Latin ēviscerāre to disembowel, from viscera entrails

Derived forms of eviscerate

  • evisceration, noun
  • eviscerator, noun

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