lacerate

[ verb las-uh-reyt; adjective las-uh-reyt, -er-it ]
/ verb ˈlæs əˌreɪt; adjective ˈlæs əˌreɪt, -ər ɪt /

verb (used with object), lac·er·at·ed, lac·er·at·ing.

to tear roughly; mangle: The barbed wire lacerated his hands.
to distress or torture mentally or emotionally; wound deeply; pain greatly: His bitter criticism lacerated my heart.

adjective

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Origin of lacerate

1535–45; from Latin lacerātus, past participle of lacerāre “to tear up” (derivative of lacer “mangled”); see -ate1

synonym study for lacerate

1. See maim.

OTHER WORDS FROM lacerate

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British Dictionary definitions for lacerate

lacerate

verb (ˈlæsəˌreɪt) (tr)

to tear (the flesh, etc) jaggedly
to hurt or harrow (the feelings, etc)

adjective (ˈlæsəˌreɪt, -rɪt)

having edges that are jagged or torn; laceratedlacerate leaves

Derived forms of lacerate

lacerable, adjectivelacerability, nounlaceration, nounlacerative, adjective

Word Origin for lacerate

C16: from Latin lacerāre to tear, from lacer mangled
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Medical definitions for lacerate

lacerate
[ lăsə-rāt′ ]

v.

To rip, cut, or tear.

adj.

Torn; mangled.
Wounded.
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