Words I Love 007 – Visceral

This is just such a great word!



of or pertaining to the viscera.

affecting the viscera.

of the nature of or resembling viscera.

characterized by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect:

a visceral reaction.

characterized by or dealing with coarse or base emotions; earthy; crude:

a visceral literary style.

1565-75; < Medieval Latin viscerālis, equivalent to viscer- (see viscera ) + -ālis -al

viscerally, adverb
nonvisceral, adjective
unvisceral, adjective
    • Many people prefer the visceral experience of seeing things visually through the eyepiece of a telescope.
    • The only way to get those up-close, visceral shots of the guys on the mountain working was to have a camera right next to them.
    • It’s annoying and disappointing, but it doesn’t affect me in that visceral, blood-boiling way that it affects others.
  • It is possible to make software tools that enable visceral visualizations of the consequences of current actions.
  • And moreover, this topic is not about global warming, as you evidently misunderstood in your visceral reaction.
  • Given those stakes, it’s small wonder that our views can be so visceral and resistant to change.
  • There are few books and fewer authors, especially in non-fiction, that still elicit a visceral reaction upon reading.
  • The hieroglyphic splatter of these markings gives the show a visceral subliminal power.
  • It will get rid of your visceral fats and speed up your metabolism.
  • Few things in life offer more visceral proof of the power of physics than a karate chop.
  • British Dictionary definitions for visceral




    of, relating to, or affecting the viscera

    characterized by intuition or instinct rather than intellect
    Derived Forms
    viscerally, adverb

    1570s, “affecting inward feelings,” from Middle French viscéral, from Medieval Latin visceralis “internal,” from Latin viscera, plural of viscus “internal organ,” of unknown origin. The bowels were regarded as the seat of emotion. The figurative sense vanished after 1640 and the literal sense is first recorded in 1794. The figurative sense was revived 1940s in arts criticism.

    visceral in Medicine

    visceral vis·cer·al (vĭs’ər-əl)
    Relating to, situated in, or affecting the viscera.

    visceral in Science
    viscera (vĭs’ər-ə)
    The soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities.

    visceral adjective

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