- to tear roughly; mangle: The barbed wire lacerated his hands.
- to distress or torture mentally or emotionally; wound deeply; pain greatly: His bitter criticism lacerated my heart.
Origin of lacerate
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Examples from the Web for lacerate
“Rails” and “lacerate,” two other words swiftly elected for pillory, were classic Tejpal, overblown, mannered, theatrical.The Fall of India’s Conscience
November 25, 2013
I forgot to lacerate your beaver hats, but that is soon done.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
These spurs do not lacerate the horse, as their points are blunt.Mexico
Charles Reginald Enock
Is there now some “thorn in the flesh” sent to lacerate thee?The Faithful Promiser
John Ross Macduff
And he kept drifting about to find Becky and lacerate her with the performance.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The power of individuals to lacerate their fellow-creatures is given to them by the community.Slavery
William E. Channing
- to tear (the flesh, etc) jaggedly
- to hurt or harrow (the feelings, etc)
- having edges that are jagged or torn; laceratedlacerate leaves
Word Origin and History for lacerate
early 15c., from Latin laceratus, past participle of lacerare "tear to pieces, mangle," figuratively, "to slander, censure, abuse," from lacer "torn, mangled," from PIE root *lek- "to rend, tear" (cf. Greek lakis "tatter, rag," lakizein "to tear to pieces;" Russian lochma "rag, tatter, scrap;" Albanian l'akur "naked"). Related: Lacerated; lacerating.
- To rip, cut, or tear.
- Torn; mangled.