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lacerate

[v. las-uh-reyt; adj. las-uh-reyt, -er-it]
verb (used with object), lacerated, lacerating.
1.
to tear roughly; mangle: The barbed wire lacerated his hands.
2.
to distress or torture mentally or emotionally; wound deeply; pain greatly: His bitter criticism lacerated my heart.
adjective

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin lacerātus, past participle of lacerāre to tear up (derivative of lacer mangled); see -ate1

lacerable, adjective
lacerability [las-er-uh-bil-i-tee] , noun
lacerative [las-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] , adjective
self-lacerating, adjective
unlacerating, adjective


1. rend. See maim.
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lacerate
 
vb
1.  to tear (the flesh, etc) jaggedly
2.  to hurt or harrow (the feelings, etc)
 
adj
3.  having edges that are jagged or torn; lacerated: lacerate leaves
 
[C16: from Latin lacerāre to tear, from lacer mangled]
 
'lacerable
 
adj
 
lacera'bility
 
n
 
lacer'ation
 
n
 
'lacerative
 
adj

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lacerate
1590s, from L. laceratus, pp. of lacerare "tear to pieces, mangle," from lacer "torn, mangled," from PIE base *leq- "to rend" (cf. Gk. lakis "tatter, rag," lakizein "to tear to pieces;" Rus. lochma "rag, tatter, scrap;" Albanian lakur "naked"). Related: Lacerated; lacerating.
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lacerate lac·er·ate (lās'ə-rāt')
v. lac·er·at·ed, lac·er·at·ing, lac·er·ates
To rip, cut, or tear. adj. (-rĭt, -rāt')

  1. Torn; mangled.

  2. Wounded.

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