[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. excommunicable,
  2. excommunicate,
  3. excommunication,
  4. excommunicative,
  5. excommunicatory,
  6. excoriation,
  7. excorticate,
  8. excrement,
  9. excremental,
  10. excrementally

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


/ (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


[ ĭk-skôrē-āt′ ]


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

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