[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.
  3. 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 formse·vis·cer·a·tion, noune·vis·cer·a·tor, nounun·e·vis·cer·at·ed, adjective
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Related Words for eviscerated

gut, weaken, devitalize

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Contemporary Examples of eviscerated

  • This theme was touched upon in “Paradise Now” and is eviscerated in “Omar.”

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  • Bob Schieffer eviscerated Cain on Face the Nation over the use a cigarette in his campaign ad gone viral.

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  • That day she, very authentically, eviscerated Jay Leno over the Tonight Show debacle at NBC in front of a roomful of press.

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  • People are afraid to try things because they get eviscerated, like Jeff Zucker did at NBC.

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Historical Examples of eviscerated

British Dictionary definitions for eviscerated


  1. (tr) to remove the internal organs of; disembowel
  2. (tr) to deprive of meaning or significance
  3. (tr) surgery to remove the contents of (the eyeball or other organ)
  4. (intr) surgery (of the viscera) to protrude through a weakened abdominal incision after an operation
  1. having been disembowelled
Derived Formsevisceration, nouneviscerator, noun

Word Origin for eviscerate

C17: from Latin ēviscerāre to disembowel, from viscera entrails
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Word Origin and History for eviscerated



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.

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