excoriate

verb ex·co·ri·ate \ ek-ˈskȯr-ē-ˌāt \

Definition of excoriate

excoriated; excoriating
transitive verb
1 :to wear off the skin of :abrade
2 :to censure scathingly

excoriation

play \(ˌ)ek-ˌskȯr-ē-ˈā-shən\ noun

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Examples of excoriate in a Sentence

  1. He was excoriated as a racist.

  2. The candidates have publicly excoriated each other throughout the campaign.

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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).

Origin and Etymology of excoriate

Middle English, from Late Latin excoriatus, past participle of excoriare, from Latin ex- + corium skin, hide — more at cuirass


EXCORIATE Defined for English Language Learners

excoriate

verb

Definition of excoriate for English Language Learners

  • : to criticize (someone or something) very harshly



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