Meaning of eviscerate

eviscerate




Eviscerate is not a pretty word. To eviscerate can mean to remove the entrails of a creature. On the Discovery Channel you can watch a vulture eviscerate or take out the guts of a dead animal.

The word eviscerate comes from the Latin eviscerare, meaning “to disembowel.” It’s not strictly used in such a gruesome sense though. Sure, you can eviscerate a chicken by gutting its insides, but eviscerate can also be used to describe when you deprive something of its most important quality. If you take away the disco ball, it could eviscerate the spirit of your dance party.

Definitions of eviscerate
  1. verb

    remove the entrails of

    synonyms:

    disembowel, draw

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    type of:

    remove, take, take away, withdraw

    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

  2. verb

    surgically remove a part of a structure or an organ

    synonyms:

    resect

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    type of:

    remove, take, take away, withdraw

    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

  3. adjective

    having been disembowelled

    Synonyms:

    injured

    harmed
  4. verb

    take away a vital or essential part of

    “the compromise among the parties
    eviscerated the bill that had been proposed”
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    type of:

    devitalise, devitalize

    sap of life or energy

  5. verb

    remove the contents of

    eviscerate the stomach”
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    type of:

    empty

    make void or empty of contents

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