excoriate

verb
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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Other Words from excoriate

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 an extraordinary move, The New York Times Guild went as far as to excoriate Stephens in a tweet over the weekend. Brian Stelter, CNN, "1619 Project faces renewed criticism — this time from within The New York Times," 12 Oct. 2020 Anderson does not excoriate the patriarchy, and in fact the First Lady has a fine and important job and seems to dominate her Husband. Paul Di Filippo, Washington Post, "In Ros Anderson’s ‘The Hierarchies,’ a robotic heroine longs for a better life," 30 Aug. 2020 Henderson was not the sole convention speaker to excoriate Biden’s record on race. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "Civil rights activist: 'Trump has done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50'," 27 Aug. 2020 Then, two days later, Greeley let loose—not to revisit the killing or to meditate on the lessons of the hanging, but to excoriate the newspapers that had so avidly covered both. James M. Lundberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Horace Greeley Turned Newspapers Legitimate and Saved the Media From Itself," 6 Mar. 2020 The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington excoriated Trump for his visit to St. John's Church. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Tear gas vs. pepper spray. Debate over methods used to clear Lafayette Square turns political," 3 June 2020 The legendary quarterback was being excoriated on social media and by Charles Barkley, who was doing live commentary during the event. oregonlive, "Watch: Tom Brady holes out stunning shot, shuts up Charles Barkley during ‘The Match'," 24 May 2020 The 2011 Green Lantern movie, starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively was...not a success, with critics excoriating it and audiences largely ignoring it. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Ryan Reynolds Hilariously Roasted Himself Over 'Green Lantern' On Twitter," 27 Apr. 2020 Not long after, the head of the Salem network dropped by to excoriate me in front of local management for my lack of enthusiasm for the president. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: I criticized Trump on Salem’s 710 KNUS and lost my job. That’s bad for democracy.," 18 Nov. 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/excoriate. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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excoriate

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of excoriate

formal : to criticize (someone or something) very harshly

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