V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. obtained through intuition and instinct rather than reasoning and observation; 2. relating to the internal parts of the body

Synonyms: instinctive, emotional, intuitive, internal, deep


Tips: A visceral reaction is a reaction "from the gut." You may respond to something based on instinct and intuition, but not be able to explain why you feel a certain way. This is a visceral reaction.

Usage Examples:

I don't want to do business with him because I have a visceral distrust of the man. (instinctive, deep, intuitive)

My initial, visceral response was to decline the job offer and wait for a better opportunity. (instinctive, emotional)

I trust my instincts and rely on my visceral feelings to guide my decisions. (intuitive, instinctive)

I'm not sure why, but I have a visceral feeling that he is the right man for the job, so I'm going to hire him. (intuitive, instinctive)

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