- of or relating to the viscera.
- affecting the viscera.
- of the nature of or resembling viscera.
- characterized by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect: a visceral reaction.
- characterized by or dealing with coarse or base emotions; earthy; crude: a visceral literary style.
Origin of visceral
Examples from the Web for visceral
The scenes between Johansson and Adam Pearson, a man with neurofibromatosis, are some of the most delicate and visceral this year.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
JUDNICK: My reaction is so visceral that I immediately, like you, isolate myself so I can breathe.The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
That single chapter, the most visceral and moving part of The Power Broker, took Caro six months to research and write.‘The Power Broker’ Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece
September 16, 2014
Unfortunately, this degree of visceral insight is not maintained to the end.'Fives and Twenty-Fives' Is Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone
August 25, 2014
But that visceral experience of the crowd as a capricious-yet-mindless entity has stayed with me ever since.The War Inside: Terrorism & Teenhood in ‘No Dawn Without Darkness’
August 3, 2014
Chronic cases are difficult on account of visceral adhesions.
The look of visceral satisfaction on his face was unmistakable.Makers
Visceral mass not marked off from the foot, except in Hedylidae.
I gathered from your previous testimony that your feeling, visceral feeling, related both to Mrs. Paine and to Mr. Paine.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The vascular system of Amphioxus appears at about the same time as the first visceral clefts.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
- of, relating to, or affecting the viscera
- characterized by intuition or instinct rather than intellect
Word Origin and History for visceral
1570s, "affecting inward feelings," from Middle French viscéral, from Medieval Latin visceralis "internal," from Latin viscera, plural of viscus "internal organ," of unknown origin. The bowels were regarded as the seat of emotion. The figurative sense vanished after 1640 and the literal sense is first recorded in 1794. The figurative sense was revived 1940s in arts criticism.
- Relating to, situated in, or affecting the viscera.
- The soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities.