- mangled; jagged; torn.
- pained; wounded; tortured: lacerated sensibilities.
- Botany, Zoology. having the edge variously cut as if torn into irregular segments, as a leaf.
Origin of lacerated
- 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 lacerated
Can Mitt the Mouth, so often lacerated by his own tongue, talk his way back into contention?How Mitt Romney Can Win the First Debate With Obama
September 25, 2012
The best laid plans: Instead it was Mitt himself who came up lame, hobbled and lacerated by his own tripping tongue.The Ugly American: Mitt Romney’s Disastrous Overseas Excursion
July 31, 2012
She was severely beaten, with a dozen broken ribs, a lacerated liver, and signs of strangulation that included a fractured thorax.Beautician’s Murder a Strange Tale of Contract Killing and a Sex Change
February 8, 2012
My blood was on the boil, and I would have lacerated my body.Therese Raquin
He had lacerated his soul with those grim memories to earn a yet kinder word.The Tavern Knight
My mind was lacerated by fearful doubts, by terrible suppositions.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
Guy de Maupassant
The heart of the good father was lacerated by this spectacle.A Hungarian Nabob
Farther on, Governor Semple lay, with lacerated arm and broken thigh.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
- 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 lacerated
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.
- Cut or wounded in a jagged manner.
- To rip, cut, or tear.
- Torn; mangled.