[ 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

Late Middle English, from Late Latin excoriātus (past participle of excoriāre “to strip, skin or bark”). See ex-1, corium, -ate1;def. 2 was first recorded in 1375–1425, and def. 1 was first recorded in 1880–85.

Other words from excoriate

  • un·ex·co·ri·at·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for excoriate


/ (ɪkˈskɔːrɪˌeɪt) /

  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

  1. to denounce vehemently; censure severely

Origin of excoriate

C15: from Late Latin excoriāre to strip, flay, from Latin corium skin, hide

Derived forms of excoriate

  • excoriation, noun

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