excoriate

[ ik-skawr-ee-eyt, -skohr- ]
/ ɪkˈskɔr iˌeɪt, -ˈskoʊr- /

verb (used with object), ex·co·ri·at·ed, ex·co·ri·at·ing.

to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally: He was excoriated for his mistakes.
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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British Dictionary definitions for excoriate

excoriate

/ (ɪkˈskɔːrɪˌeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to strip (the skin) from (a person or animal); flay
med to lose (a superficial area of skin), as by scratching, the application of chemicals, etc
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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Medicine definitions for excoriate

excoriate

[ ĭk-skôrē-āt′ ]

v.

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