lacerate

verb
lac·​er·​ate | \ ˈla-sə-ˌrāt How to pronounce lacerate (audio) \
lacerated; lacerating

Definition of lacerate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to tear or rend roughly : wound jaggedly
2 : to cause sharp mental or emotional pain to : distress

lacerate

adjective
lac·​er·​ate | \ ˈla-sə-rət How to pronounce lacerate (audio) , -ˌrāt \
variants: or lacerated \ ˈla-​sə-​ˌrā-​təd How to pronounce lacerated (audio) \

Definition of lacerate (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : torn jaggedly : mangled
b : extremely harrowed or distracted
2 : having the edges deeply and irregularly cut a lacerate petal

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Other Words from lacerate

Verb

lacerative \ ˈla-​sə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce lacerative (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lacerate in a Sentence

Verb The broken glass lacerated his feet. The patient's hand was severely lacerated.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many view the fervor to transform the police as a logical extension of Black Lives Matter, and activists are ramping up pressure to lacerate police budgets further, or disband departments altogether. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "The future of Bay Area policing is coming into focus as cities and agencies slash budgets and redirect money," 1 July 2020 Rolley suffered a concussion, ruptured blood vessel in his eye, lacerated scalp, and trauma to the head, back, arm, elbow and leg, according to the lawsuit. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "After being beaten while handcuffed, two inmates sue Alabama prison guards," 29 Apr. 2020 Monday night’s showcase got its auspicious start with Capaldi, a Scottish troubadour in the mode of Ed Sheeran, only with a firmer voice and more self-lacerating stage banter. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Jingle Ball is still a corporate pop holiday party. But it’s still magic, too.," 17 Dec. 2019 The bickering siblings alternate between genuine concern for their failing parents and monstrous selfishness — loving, lacerating interactions with the ring of truth. Los Angeles Times, "New in L.A. theater: The struggles of women, as seen through the Armenian genocide," 27 Sep. 2019 As slender and sharp as a paring knife in his dark navy clothing, Mr. Hiddleston’s lacerating Robert seems to live in a state of existential mourning. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Tom Hiddleston in a Love Triangle Undone by ‘Betrayal’," 5 Sep. 2019 Within minutes, Gorsuch lay dead on the ground, his body riddled with bullets and lacerated by corn knives. James Delle, Smithsonian Magazine, "In 1851, a Maryland Farmer Tried to Kidnap Free Blacks in Pennsylvania. He Wasn’t Expecting the Neighborhood to Fight Back," 17 Jan. 2020 Martin Bernheimer, who combined an encyclopedic knowledge of music with a brilliant, exuberant, and sometimes lacerating command of the English language, died Sept. 29 at his home in Manhattan. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 2 Oct. 2019 Cyber weapons do not have to be cutting-edge to lacerate a community, a company, or a country, either. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Should the U.S. Expect an Iranian Cyberattack?," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Reared in New York's indelicate political culture, Trump does not like to appear meek, using rallies and his Twitter account to lacerate rivals. Paul Schwartzman And Josh Dawsey, chicagotribune.com, "'It's burning people out': Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies around D.C.," 9 July 2018 Reared in New York’s indelicate political culture, Trump does not like to appear meek, using rallies and his Twitter account to lacerate rivals. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "‘Viciousness’: Trump aides endure public fury toward president’s policies," 9 July 2018 Reared in New York's indelicate political culture, Trump does not like to appear meek, using rallies and his Twitter account to lacerate rivals. Author: Paul Schwartzman, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "'Viciousness': Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of lacerate

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1514, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lacerate

Verb

Middle English, from Latin laceratus, past participle of lacerare to tear; akin to Greek lakis tear

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The first known use of lacerate was in the 15th century

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“Lacerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lacerate. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for lacerate

lacerate

verb
How to pronounce lacerate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lacerate

: to cut or tear (someone's flesh) deeply or roughly

lacerate

verb
lac·​er·​ate | \ ˈla-sə-ˌrāt How to pronounce lacerate (audio) \
lacerated; lacerating

Kids Definition of lacerate

: to injure by cutting or tearing deeply or roughly a lacerated knee
lac·​er·​ate | \ ˈlas-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce lacerate (audio) \
lacerated; lacerating

Medical Definition of lacerate

: to tear or rend roughly : wound jaggedly a lacerated spleen

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