The definition of visceral is something that is instinctive or emotional.
An example of visceral is the negative feelings that dogs have for cats.
- of, having the nature of, situated in, or affecting the viscera
- intuitive, instinctive, emotional, etc. rather than intellectual: a visceral reaction
Origin of visceralMedieval Latin visceralis
- Relating to, situated in, or affecting the viscera.
- Being or arising from impulse or sudden emotion rather than from thought or deliberation: “The scientific approach to life is not really appropriate to states of visceral anguish” (Anthony Burgess). See Synonyms at instinctive.
(comparative more visceral, superlative most visceral)