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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
To deflect the issue, Brockhouse worked with a marketing firm to produce TV ads excoriating Sculley’s salary.
From his Fox News pulpit, Sean Hannity has been one of the most ardent supporters of President Trump, cheering his agenda and excoriating his enemies.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak ditched his Facebook account and excoriated Mark Zuckerberg on Monday, saying the CEO buys surrounding properties to ensure his own privacy while forsaking his users.
Candidate Trump excoriated this loophole during his campaign yet somehow came to accept it after just eleven months in office.
While praised by gun control advocates, Dick's was excoriated by gun rights supporters, who accused the company of trying to wring the debate for public relations points.
But Nixon, who has excoriated Cuomo for failing to deliver on past promises to unite Democrats, also framed his action as a sign her campaign is growing in influence.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler excoriated the United States Department of Justice’s threats against sanctuary states and cities while at a national conference of mayors in Washington D.C. Wednesday.
Andrew Weissmann was held, was excoriated by two judges for withholding exculpatory evidence.
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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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