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.
- un·ex·co·ri·at·ed, adjective
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How to use excoriate in a sentence
It became a big part of the mayor’s race with one candidate excoriating the other for signing off on the deal and then the other candidate slamming the first one for signing off on the renovation.How Asbestos Revealed Where the Money Went on a Bad Building Deal | Scott Lewis | June 30, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Newsom didn’t just excoriate the decision but focused on Benitez personally.Sacramento Report: A San Diego Judge Draws California’s Scorn | Sara Libby | June 11, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
William felt able to issue a video message on Twitter excoriating the BBC after the corporation published its report into Martin Bashir’s interview with Princess Diana.Will Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby Daughter Lead to a Royal Reconciliation? | Tom Sykes | June 6, 2021 | The Daily Beast
As the state’s top election official, she has excoriated the “fraudit” all over the mainstream media, partly because she fears it will become the norm.
She drew scrutiny last month for traveling to Utah with her husband during the crisis and later excoriated the wind power industry during a committee hearing, though wind turbines generate only a fraction of the state’s electricity.Texas’s chief energy regulator fiercely defended fossil fuels after historic blackouts. She also profits from oil and gas. | Neena Satija, Aaron Gregg | March 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Newspaper editorials continue to excoriate Netanyahu, even calling for his resignation—editorials written by his supporters.
It teases and goads the wealthy to be fair rather than excoriate them for being rich.Obama Call for Buffett Rule Is Potent Politics but an Economic Pitfall | Zachary Karabell | April 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Those who excoriate the approach as idealistic or unrealistic missed the point.
That opened a new opportunity for bloggers to excoriate both Duncan and his staff.
Critics on the right properly excoriate him for those historic mistakes.
Neither have you a right to excoriate those who are conscientiously operating through the channels spoken of.The Abominations of Modern Society | Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
The drops of rain bruise us; the false sounds excoriate us; the darkness blinds us.The Temptation of St. Antony | Gustave Flaubert
Those attacked by the insect scratch, and in this act they excoriate the skin, crush the lice and contaminate their fingers.Handbook of Medical Entomology | William Albert Riley
Five days after this period, I again observed a disposition to excoriate.
Its pamphlets went so far as to excoriate allied methods of warfare and to level accusations of inhumanity against the Belgians.Woodrow Wilson and the World War | Charles Seymour
British Dictionary definitions for excoriate
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
- excoriation, noun
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