C17: from Latin ēviscerāre to disembowel, from viscera entrails
eviscerate for learners of English
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To eviscerate a person or animal means to remove their internal organs, such as their heart, lungs, and stomach. [formal] [V n] ⇒ ...strangling and eviscerating rabbits for the pot.
If you say that something will eviscerate an organization or system, you are emphasizing that it will make the organization or system much weaker or much less powerful. [formal, emphasis] [V n] ⇒ Democrats say the petition will eviscerate state government.