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Monday, August 11, 2003

Definitions for excoriate

  1. To express strong disapproval of; to denounce.
  2. To tear or wear off the skin of.

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Citations for excoriate
In his speech to Congress of May 16th -- a speech that France found very insulting -- the President's "rage almost choked his utterance," as he excoriated the French for rejecting his ambassador, urged defensive measures against French dangers from abroad, and warned about French dangers at home. Richard N. Rosenfeld, American Aurora
He constantly excoriated himself for not living up to his own ideals -- for not working hard enough, loving well enough, or having motives that were pure enough. Stephen O'Connor, Orphan Trains
Origin of excoriate
late Middle English
1375-1425
Excoriate comes from Late Latin excoriatus, past participle of excoriare, "to take the skin or hide off, to flay (literally or figuratively)," from Latin ex-, "off" + corium, "skin, hide."