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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 former White House intern Monica Lewinsky excoriated Town & Country magazine for uninviting her from an event because Bill Clinton decided to attend, Carter recognized himself in her indignity.
That, combined with an excoriating inspector general report that found Shulkin misspent public funds on travel, eventually led to his ouster.
Flashbacks of him training and humiliating his son are heartbreaking and, for Washington’s movie-star image, tensely self-excoriating.
But that fails to recognize that although the retailer, which is often excoriated by unions for its worker pay, already pays its part-time employees $10.58 per hour on average while the average hourly pay for full-time workers is $13.38.
But Canady and Shields excoriated the deal, arguing that the city was still giving away the store.
Colyer and lawmakers want to avoid a tax increase, and Senate GOP leaders have excoriated the House’s plan as likely to force one within two years. Democrats do not think the House plan or the Senate plan would satisfy the court.
Bolton has made the public case to go to war with both nations for years and has routinely excoriated their leadership.
Why Is Washington Abuzz? Democrats have excoriated Republicans over their handling of the memo.
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Did You Know?
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).
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EXCORIATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of excoriate for English Language Learners
: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly
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