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visceral -- as in: a visceral reaction
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as in: a visceral reaction Define
something felt strongly; or describing something as arising from instinct rather than reason (like saying "felt in the gut")
  • His stories are vivid and visceral.
  • I had a visceral reaction when I saw the gruesome video.
  • ...what is called introspection really consists of awareness of "images," visceral sensations, and so on.
    Russell, Bertrand  --  The Analysis of Mind
  • And the smell brought him hack so viscerally, to a time when she loved him—or he at least felt like she did—that his gut ached anew.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines

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  • She told us she could see the great respect between us, and she was often viscerally moved by our commitment to getting our final time together right.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Because of this, there had been a point where she had viscerally hated Josie in a way that even Peter never seemed to, for being cruel enough to leave her son behind.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The sight of it printed in capital letters on the crinkly page upsets him viscerally.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • And I understood exactly why, now, Renata Ledoux might viscerally hate Shay.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • When he first saw them trudging up and down these hills, which they themselves compared to the surface of the moon, even Farmer, with all his firsthand knowledge of Latin American poverty, felt viscerally puzzled.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • During speeches to the Corps, the indisputable power of his own rhetoric would affect him so viscerally that he would dance along a thin, precarious edge of control in constant danger of plunging headlong into much darker and more radical passions.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline

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  • yet viscerally seductive in the manner of Southern women, that taloned species who speak with restrained and self-effacing drawls, fill a room with elegance and vulnerability, move with the grace of wind-tilted cane, and rule their families with a secret pact of steel.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • They never spoke of what they’d said to each other, and Lacy had vowed to herself that no matter how frustrating it got, being the parent of a teenage boy, no matter how selfish and self-centered Peter became, she would never again let herself reach a point where she truly, viscerally hated her own son.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
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as in: a visceral reaction Define
something felt strongly; or describing something as arising from instinct rather than reason (like saying "felt in the gut")
as in: visceral muscles Define
relating to or affecting the viscera (internal organs)
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