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eviscerate

[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).
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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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  • The brutal Carabid, the eviscerator of the Pimeli, knows how strong he is.

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British Dictionary definitions for eviscerator

eviscerate

verb
  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
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adjective
  1. having been disembowelled
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Derived Formsevisceration, nouneviscerator, noun

Word Origin

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

eviscerate

v.

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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