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excoriate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of excoriate

  1. 1 to criticize harshly and usually publicly <the mayor had hardly been in office for a month before she was being excoriated for problems of very long standing> Synonyms abuse, assail, bash, belabor, blast, castigate, attack, jump (on), lambaste (or lambast), potshot, savage, scathe, slam, trash, vituperateRelated Words berate, harangue, harass, harry, revile, scold, whip; blaspheme, curse, execrate, imprecate, profane; affront, insult, slur; asperse, bad-mouth, belittle, blackguard, disparage, put down; libel, slander, traduce, vilify; chastise, chide, criticize, lace (into), rebuke, reprimand, reproof; fulminate, lash (out)Near Antonyms acclaim, commend, compliment, hail, laud, praise

  2. 2 to make sore by continued rubbing <the manacles had badly excoriated the prisoner's wrists> Synonyms abrade, chafe, fret, gall, irritateRelated Words graze, scrape, scratch; burn, inflame (also enflame); flay, peel, skin





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