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.

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The previous night, Castro, a former housing secretary and San Antonio mayor, lacerated the former three-term congressman from El Paso for refusing his call to decriminalize border crossing of any sort. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "At Florida detention site for migrant teens, Beto O’Rourke slams Trump, parries Julian Castro’s jabs," 27 June 2019 McCain supporters and the senator's daughter Meghan lacerated McSally for following the president's lead in not mentioning McCain. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "McCain successor speculation mounts, amid partisan divide," 27 Aug. 2018 Gilman was shot in the back; the bullet punctured a lung, lacerated her spleen and a kidney, broke two ribs and lodged 2 millimeters from her spinal cord. Fox News, "Living with fear: Vegas shooting survivor, wife march on," 27 Sep. 2018 Last November at Kansas City, after a teammate fumbled, Henry tracked the play to the sideline, only to take a hit from behind, lacerating his kidney. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Chargers would be lucky to bring back Antonio Gates," 24 May 2018 The halting camaraderie that develops among them is a marvel of ensemble acting, with dialogue punctuated by the playwright’s lacerating wit. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A struggle to cling to identity is at heart of La Jolla Playhouse's quietly moving 'Queens'," 10 July 2018 My face was covered in blood, my nose and arm broken, my back had a wide gash and tire marks with micro fractures, my abdomen bruised and covered in tire marks, and my liver lacerated. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "Woman injured in PSU hit-and-run says 'it's been difficult,' shares charity fundraising goal," 10 June 2018 Hailey's injuries included head trauma, lacerated liver, punctured and collapsed lungs, contusions, and bruises throughout her body, police said. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "'It's been hell': Family of Hailey Hall, beaten to death in 2016, still waiting for trial," 6 June 2018 At times that meant retaining Mr. St. Aubyn’s lacerating humor while changing the context. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "In ‘Patrick Melrose,’ the Heroin Addict Is Born With a Silver Spoon in His Mouth," 9 May 2018

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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lacerate

verb

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

lacerate

transitive verb
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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