Definitions

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

Etymologies

Latin ēviscerāre, ēviscerāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + viscera, internal organs; see viscera.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin evisceratus, past participle of eviscerare ("to disembowel"), from e ("out") + viscera ("bowels"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Florida pastor, author and talk show host wants to outlaw abortion, abolish the IRS and Federal Reserve, and "eviscerate" federal programs such as Social Security.

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  • FICTION: The NAB claims that devices operating on adjacent television channels will "eviscerate" digital TV signals

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  • I had to look up "eviscerate" ... it means to disembowel.

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  • Toronto lawyer David Garson said the Conservative proposals would "eviscerate" the Immigration Act.

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  • Although the forecasts are lower, Charles Di Bona, an analyst at Bernstein Research, said Microsoft didn't "eviscerate" its numbers, which may give investors confidence that it is better insulated from economic turbulence than others.

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  • And more than one witness has described to me how he can "eviscerate" opponents who try to take him on in meetings without having their facts straight.

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  • I don't see how a comedian can "eviscerate" anyone, at least not on an intellectual basis.

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  • He pointed to footnote 8 of Google's brief, in which Google argued that going to opt-in would "eviscerate" the settlement.

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  • After nine rounds of scrunch-faced spellings and a few gleefully lucky guesses, Michael Whalon terminated his competition with "eviscerate" yesterday in the 35th annual Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee.

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  • (CN) - The 4th Circuit exercised caution in reversing an injunction that prevents West Virginia from restricting the advertisement of video lottery machines, saying the sweeping ban could "eviscerate" money raised for education and infrastructure.

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