[ik-skawr-ee-eyt, -skohr-]
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verb (used with object), ex·co·ri·at·ed, ex·co·ri·at·ing.
  1. to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally: He was excoriated for his mistakes.
  2. to strip off or remove the skin from: Her palms were excoriated by the hard labor of shoveling.

Origin of excoriate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin excoriātus (past participle of excoriāre to strip, skin). See ex-1, corium, -ate1
Related formsun·ex·co·ri·at·ed, adjective
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verb (tr)
  1. to strip (the skin) from (a person or animal); flay
  2. med to lose (a superficial area of skin), as by scratching, the application of chemicals, etc
  3. to denounce vehemently; censure severely
Derived Formsexcoriation, noun

Word Origin for excoriate

C15: from Late Latin excoriāre to strip, flay, from Latin corium skin, hide
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Word Origin and History for excoriate

early 15c., from Late Latin excoriatus, past participle of excoriare "flay, strip off the hide," from Latin ex- "off" (see ex-) + corium "hide, skin" (see corium). Figurative sense of "denounce, censure" first recorded in English 1708. Related: Excoriated; excoriating.

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excoriate in Medicine


  1. To scratch or otherwise abrade the skin by physical means.
Related formsex•co′ri•ation n.
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