Definition of eviscerate in English:

eviscerate

verb

[with object]
  • 1formal Disembowel (a person or animal)

    ‘the goat had been skinned and neatly eviscerated’
    • ‘Too bad there's not a button you can press to eviscerate someone.’
    • ‘Please note I will be forced to eviscerate you in the process.’
    • ‘It was a new thing, that they could eviscerate him when they caught him.’
    • ‘In addition to eviscerating an occasional cow here and there, our men will spread out over the planet's fields of grain to create wonderful patterns.’
    • ‘These ranged from insult and hyperbole to completely destroying property and literally eviscerating enemies.’
    • ‘The fact that his educational opportunities expanded as a result of the same event that psychically eviscerated his father is compelling, but the theme is dropped.’
    • ‘The man in the grey turtleneck eviscerates poor Jonah - or would have, if Jonah possessed viscera.’
    • ‘Caesar beheaded one man, and eviscerated another.’
    • ‘A soldier attacked, and was eviscerated within seconds.’
    disembowel, gut, remove the innards from, draw, dress
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    1. 1.1Deprive (something) of its essential content.
      ‘myriad little concessions that would eviscerate the project’
      • ‘But, Brandon says, courts have essentially eviscerated this part of the 21st Amendment - good for economic liberty but bad interpretation of the constitutional text.’
      • ‘Giving ‘disposal’ passive content would eviscerate that plain purpose.’
      • ‘He lied us into two hideously unfair tax cuts; he lied us into an unnecessary war with disastrous consequences; he lied us into the Patriot Act, eviscerating our freedoms.’
      • ‘It takes a lot of chutzpah to denounce the unhealthy influence of campaign contributions at the exact moment you are eviscerating the spirit of our campaign laws.’
      • ‘The disease is not only devastating families and communities; it is eviscerating national economies.’
      • ‘He is simply an unwitting victim of circumstance; a convenient scapegoat for eviscerating the rule of law.’
      • ‘As one might expect, he's wasting no time eviscerating the sports media.’
      • ‘The real issue today is how to beat the insurgency without eviscerating the American military to do it.’
      • ‘Extending terms of existing copyrights eviscerates this deal, granting a windfall to corporate copyright holders and heirs of famous artists in exchange for nothing, since the creators are mostly dead.’
      • ‘Third, this is also the argument against ‘triggers’ that end the tax cuts if the deficit dwindles, because it eviscerates the restraints on government growth imposed by the tax cuts.’
      • ‘Should patents on research tools that have no significant market outside the research community be subject to a research exemption that effectively eviscerates their commercial value?’
      • ‘He both eviscerates the Democrats' arguments and puts the issue in Constitutional perspective.’
      • ‘He learned from it, for here he eviscerates American culture as he defines class distinctions.’
      • ‘None of these possibilities are likely to unfold, however, if the promise of economic security for retirement is eviscerated in the meantime.’
      • ‘Today, as democratic politics is eviscerated into marketing alone, it is assumed that this candidate deserves to win.’
      • ‘The government's proposed monitoring would have eviscerated the attorney-client privilege.’
      • ‘An appellate tribunal overturned the original opinion that had eviscerated free speech rights.’
      • ‘But content owners have raised legitimate questions about the scope and effect of these measures, and concerns about whether they would eviscerate their copyright protection technologies must be addressed.’
      • ‘An all-file-sharing environment would eviscerate the capital resources that make the technological development possible, and probably drive up the average cost to home-recorders considerably.’
      • ‘Rather than a lack of will, what Latin America suffers from is a set of interlocking institutional crises that eviscerate the democratic order without necessarily promoting dictatorship.’
    2. 1.2Surgery Remove the contents of (the eyeball).

Origin

Late 16th century from Latin eviscerat- ‘disembowelled’, from the verb eviscerare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + viscera ‘internal organs’.

Pronunciation

eviscerate

/ɪˈvɪsəreɪt/