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Definition of "eviscerate" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "eviscerate" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "FICTION: The NAB claims that devices operating on adjacent television channels will "eviscerate" digital TV signals"
  • "I had to look up "eviscerate" ... it means to disembowel."