ex·​co·​ri·​ate | \ ek-ˈskȯr-ē-ˌāt How to pronounce excoriate (audio) \
excoriated; excoriating

Definition of excoriate

transitive verb

1 : to wear off the skin of : abrade
2 : to censure scathingly

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excoriation \ (ˌ)ek-​ˌskȯr-​ē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce excoriation (audio) \ noun

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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).

Examples of excoriate in a Sentence

He was excoriated as a racist. The candidates have publicly excoriated each other throughout the campaign.
Recent Examples on the Web In court transcripts, 20th District Criminal Court Judge Mark J. Fishburn excoriated Reynolds and sentenced him to 15 days in jail for the break-in, along with assessing court fees of more than $1,000. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "A white NYPD officer broke into a black woman's home and threatened her. Activists want him fired.," 1 Jan. 2020 On the downside: Cats, Tom Hooper's excoriated screen adaptation of the Broadway show, cost a staggering $100 million to make (not including marketing expenses) and only took in $6.5 million in its opening weekend at North American theaters. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "2019 Box Office: Here’s What Worked and What Didn’t," 30 Dec. 2019 During public comment, speaker after speaker excoriated Aurora’s leaders for how the city has handled the death of Elijah McClain, a young African-American man who died in August after a stop by police that turned violent. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Mike Coffman sworn in as Aurora’s new mayor as discord marks first meeting," 2 Dec. 2019 This place built and maintained by Bill Buckley — its mandate to defend and expand conservatism, to hound and excoriate leftism, entrusted by Bill to us — remains vital. Jack Fowler, National Review, "Time to Mann Up," 8 Oct. 2019 Updated 7:22 PM / January 8, 2020 Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah excoriated a briefing from top Trump administration officials on the targeted drone strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani, the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force. CBS News, "Iran says U.S. bears blame for Iranian forces shooting down plane," 15 Jan. 2020 His images were often abrasive, excoriating those Nast believed were in the wrong. The Economist, "Political cartoons Why the Democratic Party is symbolised by a donkey," 14 Jan. 2020 Trump has been widely excoriated for his remarks about women and has been accused of rape and harassment. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign to hustle for female votes with high-profile 'Women for Trump' bus tour," 10 Jan. 2020 Conservative talk-show hosts frequently excoriate Democrats for having run the nation’s big urban centers into a liberal rut, blaming them for crime, poverty, bad schools, joblessness and. . Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Republican mayor in Rochester Hills pushes for bipartisan change," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of excoriate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for excoriate

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

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“Excoriate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excoriation. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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formal : to criticize (someone or something) very harshly

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