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.
- lac·er·a·ble, adjective
- lac·er·a·bil·i·ty [las-er-uh-bil-i-tee], /ˌlæs ər əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- lac·er·a·tive [las-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv], /ˈlæs əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/, adjective
- self-lac·er·at·ing, adjective
- un·lac·er·at·ing, adjective
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How to use lacerate in a sentence
Creator Meredith Scardino freely borrows executive producer Tina Fey’s breakneck comic pacing and lacerating feminist critiques, especially when it comes to the damage wrought on women in the spotlight.
He broke his leg as a sophomore, lacerated a kidney as a junior, turned pro anyway — and had to wait to celebrate.Stefon Diggs wanted a new start. The Bills needed a spark. Now the NFL is on notice. | Barry Svrluga | January 22, 2021 | Washington Post
“Rails” and “lacerate,” two other words swiftly elected for pillory, were classic Tejpal, overblown, mannered, theatrical.
Women shall not lacerate their faces, nor indulge in immoderate wailing for the dead.The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States | James Hamilton Lewis
These spurs do not lacerate the horse, as their points are blunt.Mexico | Charles Reginald Enock
Zoe trotted away with her head up, carrying the kitten very carefully lest her teeth should lacerate its tender skin.Lives of the Fur Folk | M. D. Haviland
She was like a wounded animal that longs to strike, to tear with its claws, to lacerate and leave bleeding.December Love | Robert Hichens
Human souls were never made to do penance, to lacerate and torment themselves in worship or duty.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women | George Sumner Weaver
British Dictionary definitions for lacerate
to tear (the flesh, etc) jaggedly
to hurt or harrow (the feelings, etc)
having edges that are jagged or torn; lacerated: lacerate leaves
- lacerable, adjective
- lacerability, noun
- laceration, noun
- lacerative, adjective
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