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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
The Iran nuclear deal, which Mr. Trump has excoriated repeatedly, is hanging by an unraveling thread.
Sherman, of course, is the very woke Seahawks cornerback and NFLPA leader who excoriated McNair with his reaction.
Donald Trump’s first speech to the UN General Assembly excoriated Iran and North Korea for threatening world peace.
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.
That's the subject of a bill by state Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, and also the subject of a column by the Orlando Sentinel's Scott Maxwell excoriating the Republican legislature for its failure to live up to small, local government ideals.
His former senior strategist Stephen K. Bannon’s Breitbart News operation excoriated Trump for a middle-of-the-road Afghanistan plan and openly attacks Ivanka and Jared Kushner.
Trump complied but then publicly excoriated Timmons the next day.
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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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