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excoriate

[ik-skawr-ee-eyt, -skohr-] /ɪkˈskɔr iˌeɪt, -ˈskoʊr-/
verb (used with object), excoriated, excoriating.
1.
to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally:
He was excoriated for his mistakes.
2.
to strip off or remove the skin from:
Her palms were excoriated by the hard labor of shoveling.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin excoriātus (past participle of excoriāre to strip, skin). See ex-1, corium, -ate1
Related forms
unexcoriated, adjective
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  • The other tribes are demonized and excoriated regardless of the facts.
  • But the foster family he excoriated is now suing for libel.
  • But their opinions were widely excoriated as treachery and defeatism.
  • Capitalism's excesses get deservedly excoriated for causing today's global catastrophe.
British Dictionary definitions for excoriated

excoriate

/ɪkˈskɔːrɪˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to strip (the skin) from (a person or animal); flay
2.
(med) to lose (a superficial area of skin), as by scratching, the application of chemicals, etc
3.
to denounce vehemently; censure severely
Derived Forms
excoriation, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin excoriāre to strip, flay, from Latin corium skin, hide
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Word Origin and History for excoriated

excoriate

v.

early 15c., from Late Latin excoriatus, past participle of excoriare "flay, strip off the hide," from Latin ex- "off" (see ex-) + corium "hide, skin" (see corium). Figurative sense of "denounce, censure" first recorded in English 1708. Related: Excoriated; excoriating.

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excoriated in Medicine

excoriate ex·co·ri·ate (ĭk-skôr'ē-āt')
v. ex·co·ri·at·ed, ex·co·ri·at·ing, ex·co·ri·ates
To scratch or otherwise abrade the skin by physical means.


ex·co'ri·a'tion n.
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