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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
Rand responded by excoriating him, his ex-wife Barbara, and the work that Branden had done to expand the reach of Objectivism.
As a candidate, Trump excoriated Obama for failing to stanch the flow of border crossers and releasing thousands of them to await deportation proceedings.
For this, Mr Shulkin has been appropriately excoriated by his department’s inspector-general in a report that was released on February 14th.
But a representative of Bowerman biographer Kenny Moore was, and read a statement from Moore excoriating the new design.
But never mind that, or the fact that young Echavarria would soon be publishing an opinion piece excoriating Trump in USA Today.
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.
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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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