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lacerate

[ verb las-uh-reyt; adjective las-uh-reyt, -er-it ]
/ verb 藞l忙s 蓹藢re瑟t; adjective 藞l忙s 蓹藢re瑟t, -蓹r 瑟t /
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verb (used with object), lac路er路at路ed, lac路er路at路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鈥45; from Latin lacer膩tus, past participle of lacer膩re 鈥渢o tear up鈥 (derivative of lacer 鈥渕angled鈥); see -ate1

synonym study for lacerate

1. See maim.

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British Dictionary definitions for lacerate

lacerate

verb (藞l忙s蓹藢re瑟t) (tr)
to tear (the flesh, etc) jaggedly
to hurt or harrow (the feelings, etc)
adjective (藞l忙s蓹藢re瑟t, -r瑟t)
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 lacer膩re to tear, from lacer mangled
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Medical definitions for lacerate

lacerate
[ l膬s蓹-r膩t鈥 ]

v.
To rip, cut, or tear.
adj.
Torn; mangled.
Wounded.
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