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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
Southeast Louisiana guides are regularly excoriated and called fish hogs on social media for showing dock shots of clients behind piles of speckled trout.
Allison Long The Kansas City Star Brockovich excoriated Tyson Foods, writing that the company dumps millions in toxic chemicals into American waterways each year.
Every carving, flick of the paint brush, or wooden strut has been designed, excoriated and redesigned multiple times.
That war includes flooding Republican primaries with millions of dollars and heavy social media presence to excoriate any candidate tied to Bannon.
The 'Last Week Tonight' host excoriated Republicans for overlooking Moore's racist and homophobic views in order to pass tax reform.
Posts from the Daily Caller, the Daily Wire, FrontPage Magazine, and the Gateway Pundit excoriated Harris’ tweets and played up his alleged association with Vox.
Jimmy Kimmel continued his tirade against the Graham-Cassidy health care bill on Thursday (Sept. 21), the third straight night the comedian has excoriated the GOP and Donald Trump's attempts to repeal Obamacare.
In the wake of Trump's response to soldiers killed in Niger, Kelly had excoriated Wilson for taking credit in 2015 for getting funds for an FBI building — but video of the event Kelly referenced showed his claims weren't true.
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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).
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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