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Examples of excoriate in a Sentence
He was excoriated as a racist.
The candidates have publicly excoriated each other throughout the campaign.
Recent Examples of excoriate from the Web
When Louie balked the first time after the policy was enacted earlier this year, he was excoriated by council members.
Monica Lewinsky, a 22-year-old intern, was excoriated not only by conservatives licking their chops to send Bill Clinton down but by feminists on the left as well.
In the memo, Hoover excoriated the Dallas Police Department for not having prevented Oswald's killing by Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner.
His great gesture was pardoning Richard Nixon, an act for which he was excoriated at the time and which cost him the 1976 election.
States that have resisted the commission have been excoriating in their responses, which is great.
The article was withdrawn the next year after an excoriating review of its journalistic lapses by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
His article says loud and clear that liberals who join with radicals in support of any issue will be publicly excoriated and humiliated.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who, like Suu Kyi, is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, excoriated the leader in a letter posted to his Twitter account Thursday.
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Excoriate, which first appeared in English in the 15th century, comes from "excoriatus," the past participle of the Late Latin verb excoriare, meaning "to strip off the hide." "Excoriare" was itself formed from a pairing of the Latin prefix ex-, meaning "out," and corium, meaning "skin" or "hide" or "leather." "Corium" has several other descendants in English. One is "cuirass," a name for a piece of armor that covers the body from neck to waist (or something, such as bony plates covering an animal, that resembles such armor). Another is "corium" itself, which is sometimes used as a synonym of "dermis" (the inner layer of human skin).
Synonymsabuse, assail, bash, belabor, blast, castigate, attack, jump (on), lambaste (or lambast), potshot, savage, scathe, slam, trash, vituperate
Related Wordsberate, 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 Antonymsacclaim, commend, compliment, hail, laud, praise
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