“Rails” and “lacerate,” two other words swiftly elected for pillory, were classic Tejpal, overblown, mannered, theatrical.
Zoe trotted away with her head up, carrying the kitten very carefully lest her teeth should lacerate its tender skin.
I forgot to lacerate your beaver hats, but that is soon done.
It would only lacerate the heart of the reader to give an honest recital of the miseries which were endured.
These spurs do not lacerate the horse, as their points are blunt.
He did not desire to lacerate the feelings of the unhappy mother; he was glad to soothe them as far as he could.
And he kept drifting about to find Becky and lacerate her with the performance.
Nothing is more painful than the shock of sharp contradictions that lacerate our intelligence and our feelings.
They lacerate their bodies, but do not extract the front teeth.
Ubi sva indignatio cor ulterius lacerare 35 nequit—Where bitter indignation cannot lacerate my heart any more.
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.
lacerate lac·er·ate (lās'ə-rāt')
v. lac·er·at·ed, lac·er·at·ing, lac·er·ates
To rip, cut, or tear. adj. (-rĭt, -rāt')