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


Nearby words

  1. lacedaemon,
  2. lacedaemonian,
  3. laceleaf,
  4. lacemaking,
  5. lacerant,
  6. lacerated,
  7. lacerated wound,
  8. laceration,
  9. lacerative,
  10. lacerta

Origin of lacerate

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

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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 Formslacerable, adjectivelacerability, nounlaceration, nounlacerative, adjective

Word Origin for lacerate

C16: from Latin lacerāre to tear, from lacer mangled

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Word Origin and History for lacerate

lacerate

v.

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.

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Medicine definitions for lacerate

lacerate

[ lăsə-rāt′ ]

v.

To rip, cut, or tear.

adj.

Torn; mangled.
Wounded.

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