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[las-uh-rey-tid] /ˈlæs əˌreɪ tɪd/
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
First recorded in 1600-10; lacerate + -ed2
Related forms
unlacerated, adjective


[verb las-uh-reyt; adjective las-uh-reyt, -er-it] /verb ˈlæs əˌreɪt; adjective ˈlæs əˌreɪt, -ər ɪt/
verb (used with object), lacerated, lacerating.
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.
1535-45; < Latin lacerātus, past participle of lacerāre to tear up (derivative of lacer mangled); see -ate1
Related forms
lacerable, adjective
[las-er-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌlæs ər əˈbɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
[las-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /ˈlæs əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
self-lacerating, adjective
unlacerating, adjective
1. rend. See maim. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lacerated
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  • The degree of displacement of the fragments depends upon the extent to which the expansion of the quadriceps tendon is lacerated.

  • It lacerated his pride, his self-respect, more than it did his legs.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • He then went to the dwelling of the Fair, when a big dog attacked him "on purpose," and lacerated his trousers.

  • Then the beast had seized him by the shoulder, which was lacerated, and had dragged him to this place.

  • His royal pride was further humbled: with my lacerated hands, I audaciously forced open his jaws.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • He lies in the dusty shed, his back all torn and lacerated by the cruel thongs.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • How they must have lacerated her, a poor brute chained to the sod, at the mercy of their abuse!

    Waysiders Seumas O'Kelly
British Dictionary definitions for lacerated


verb (transitive) (ˈlæsəˌreɪt)
to tear (the flesh, etc) jaggedly
to hurt or harrow (the feelings, etc)
adjective (ˈlæsəˌreɪt; -rɪt)
having edges that are jagged or torn; lacerated: lacerate leaves
Derived Forms
lacerable, adjective
lacerability, noun
laceration, noun
lacerative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin lacerāre to tear, from lacer mangled
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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.

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lacerated in Medicine

lacerated adj.
Cut or wounded in a jagged manner.

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')

  1. Torn; mangled.

  2. Wounded.

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