from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove the entrails of; disembowel.
  • transitive v. To take away a vital or essential part of: a compromise that eviscerated the proposed bill.
  • transitive v. Medicine To remove the contents of (an organ).
  • transitive v. Medicine To remove an organ, such as an eye, from (a patient).
  • intransitive v. Medicine To protrude through a wound or surgical incision.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To disembowel, to remove the viscera.
  • v. To destroy or make ineffectual or meaningless.
  • v. To elicit the essence of.
  • v. To remove a bodily organ or its contents.
  • v. To protrude through a surgical incision.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To take out the entrails of; to disembowel; to gut.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To remove the viscera from; take out the entrails of; disembowel.
  • Figuratively, to deprive of essential or vital parts.
  • To unbosom; reveal; disclose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having been disembowelled
  • v. surgically remove a part of a structure or an organ
  • v. remove the contents of
  • v. take away a vital or essential part of
  • v. remove the entrails of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin ēviscerāre, ēviscerāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + viscera, internal organs; see viscera.

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From Latin evisceratus, past participle of eviscerare ("to disembowel"), from e ("out") + viscera ("bowels").


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