eviscerate

Eviscerate is not a pretty word. To eviscerate can mean to remove the entrails of a creature. On the Discovery Channel you can watch a vulture eviscerate or take out the guts of a dead animal.

The word eviscerate comes from the Latin eviscerare, meaning "to disembowel." It's not strictly used in such a gruesome sense though. Sure, you can eviscerate a chicken by gutting its insides, but eviscerate can also be used to describe when you deprive something of its most important quality. If you take away the disco ball, it could eviscerate the spirit of your dance party.

Definitions of eviscerate
  1. verb
    remove the entrails of
    synonyms: disembowel, draw
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  2. verb
    surgically remove a part of a structure or an organ
    synonyms: resect
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  3. adjective
    having been disembowelled
    Synonyms:
    injured
    harmed
  4. verb
    take away a vital or essential part of
    “the compromise among the parties eviscerated the bill that had been proposed”
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    type of:
    devitalise, devitalize
    sap of life or energy
  5. verb
    remove the contents of
    eviscerate the stomach”
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    type of:
    empty
    make void or empty of contents
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