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 evisceratus, 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.

Primary Meanings of eviscerate

1.
vadj
remove the entrails of
having been disembowelled
2.
v
take away a vital or essential part of
3.
v
remove the contents of
Full Definitions of eviscerate
1

v remove the entrails of

Synonyms:
disembowel, draw
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v surgically remove a part of a structure or an organ

Synonyms:
resect
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

adj having been disembowelled

Synonyms:
injured
harmed
2

v take away a vital or essential part of

“the compromise among the parties eviscerated the bill that had been proposed”
Type of:
devitalise, devitalize
sap of life or energy
3

v remove the contents of

eviscerate the stomach”
Type of:
empty
make void or empty of contents