Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to, situated in, or affecting the viscera.
  • adj. Perceived in or as if in the viscera; profound: "The scientific approach to life is not really appropriate to states of visceral anguish” ( Anthony Burgess).
  • adj. Instinctive: visceral needs. See Synonyms at instinctive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to the viscera—internal organs of the body; splanchnic.
  • adj. Having to do with the response of the body as opposed to the intellect, as in the distinction between feeling and thinking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or affecting the viscera; splanchnic.
  • adj. Fig.: Having deep sensibility.
  • adj. proceeding from emotion or instinct rather than from intellect; deeply emotional; -- .
  • adj. dealing with coarse or base emotions; -- .

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the viscera; having the character of a viscus; forming or containing viscera; interior or intestinal, as a part or organ of the body; splanchnic: as, visceral anatomy; a visceral cavity; visceral disease; the visceral loop of the nerves of a mollusk; the visceral as distinguished from the reflected or parietal layer of a serous membrane.
  • Belonging to or situated on that side of the body of a vertebrate which contains the viscera of the thorax; abdominal; ventral or hemal, as distinguished from dorsal or neural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning or observation
  • adj. relating to or affecting the viscera

Etymologies

From Latin viscera, plural of viscus ("any internal organ of the body"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This is the disruption or abnormal stimulation of the inner ear's vestibular system by turbine infrasound and low-frequency noise, the most distinctive feature of which is a group of symptoms which she calls visceral vibratory vestibular disturbance, or VVVD.

    PrairiePundit

  • The detail of the interactions between the badly paid women, their resentful families, the loan sharks, the exploitative employers, and the distant forces of law and order, are all depicted in visceral detail.

    On being lobbied

  • In the article, Boroom talks about an article, "Role for protease activity in visceral pain in irritable bowel syndrome", by Nicolas Cenac.

    Solving the Mystery of IBS

  • If the live versions lacked the suppleness and textural variety of the recording, they made up for that in visceral punch.

    Berlin in Lights: Is There Pop After Weimar? - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

  • "The Tarantino, by contrast, has flashes of interest and eventually achieves a certain visceral impact, but it's long-winded and juvenile, the work of a director who hasn't grown and, what's more, seems afraid to try."

    GreenCine Daily: Grindhouse, 4/4.

  • Recounted in visceral, kinetic prose, and crafted with a forthrightness that rejects piety, cynicism, and self-pity, it brings us face-to-face with a provocative new understanding of the nature of addiction and the meaning of recovery.

    A Million Little Pieces: Summary and book reviews of A Million Little Pieces by James Frey.

  • What I think is going on is a certain visceral fear of something un-American creeping into the discourse of American constitutionalism.

    Balkinization

  • There's something I call the visceral level of processing.

    Don Norman on 3 ways good design makes you happy

  • By turns I’m moved by the beauty of these most gorgeous, bountiful, lovingly given warm and bright rooms, then recoil in visceral refusal of the things that leap headlong over the shark, like, as Hmm says, that evil shallow fish tank of a bathroom sink, the translucent causeway roof that some poor cratur will have to get up and clean … to name a few.

    The Quezada Residence by Ana Cecilia and Alfred Quezada

  • I don’t have any strong views on the use of donor sperm for married couples wanting a child that is (half) biologically theirs; using sperm from a relative makes a certain visceral sense, although it would complicate relations with the in-laws and extended family immensely.

    ProWomanProLife » Problems in the brave new world

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  • A much better word than gutty, or the phrase "goes with his gut".

    January 2, 2009

  • viceral, gut and this video are tightly intertwined in my mind.

    December 24, 2008

  • Characterized by instinct rather than intellect; earthy or crude

    December 24, 2008

  • "The Gut" -- belly chakra -- intuition.

    December 17, 2008