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Jun 26, 2015
This week’s theme
Words derived from body parts

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precipitous
oppugn
enervate
splenetic
eviscerate

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eviscerate

PRONUNCIATION:
(i-VIS-uh-rayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To remove the entrails; to disembowel.
2. To deprive of essential parts; to weaken or to destroy.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin eviscerare (to disembowel), from ex- (out) + viscera (internal organs), plural of Latin viscus (flesh, internal organ). Earliest documented use: 1607.

USAGE:
“The middle classes had been eviscerated during the period of sanctions.”
Seth J. Frantzman; Descent into Chaos; Jerusalem Post (Israel); Oct 10, 2014.

See more usage examples of eviscerate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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