verb (used with object), lac·er·at·ed, lac·er·at·ing.
- lacerated wound,
Origin of lacerate
Examples from the Web for lacerate
“Rails” and “lacerate,” two other words swiftly elected for pillory, were classic Tejpal, overblown, mannered, theatrical.
Involucres alternate with the rays, membranous, lacerate, enclosing 3–6 1-fruited cleft perianths.
Tyrants have lacerated the limbs of some; they never ordered any one to lacerate his own.The City of God, Volume I|Aurelius Augustine
Crowdy, not wishing to lacerate his foe till that foe should be there to feel the wounds, sat silent in his usual seat.The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson|Anthony Trollope
verb (ˈlæsəˌreɪt) (tr)
adjective (ˈlæsəˌreɪt, -rɪt)
Word Origin for lacerate
early 15c., from Latin laceratus, past participle of lacerare "tear to pieces, mangle," figuratively, "to slander, censure, abuse," from lacer "torn, mangled," from PIE root *lek- "to rend, tear" (cf. Greek lakis "tatter, rag," lakizein "to tear to pieces;" Russian lochma "rag, tatter, scrap;" Albanian l'akur "naked"). Related: Lacerated; lacerating.