Etymology
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visceral (adj.)

1570s, "affecting inward feelings," from French viscéral and directly from Medieval Latin visceralis "internal," from Latin viscera, plural of viscus "internal organ, inner parts of the body," 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.

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Definitions of visceral

visceral (adj.)
relating to or affecting the viscera;
visceral bleeding
Synonyms: splanchnic
visceral (adj.)
obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning or observation;
Synonyms: intuitive / nonrational
From wordnet.princeton.edu