1. mangled; jagged; torn.
  2. pained; wounded; tortured: lacerated sensibilities.
  3. Botany, Zoology. having the edge variously cut as if torn into irregular segments, as a leaf.

Origin of lacerated

First recorded in 1600–10; lacerate + -ed2
Related formsun·lac·er·at·ed, adjective


[verb las-uh-reyt; adjective las-uh-reyt, -er-it]
verb (used with object), lac·er·at·ed, lac·er·at·ing.
  1. to tear roughly; mangle: The barbed wire lacerated his hands.
  2. to distress or torture mentally or emotionally; wound deeply; pain greatly: His bitter criticism lacerated my heart.
  1. lacerated.

Origin of lacerate

1535–45; < Latin lacerātus, past participle of lacerāre to tear up (derivative of lacer mangled); see -ate1
Related formslac·er·a·ble, adjectivelac·er·a·bil·i·ty [las-er-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌlæs ər əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, nounlac·er·a·tive [las-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /ˈlæs əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/, adjectiveself-lac·er·at·ing, adjectiveun·lac·er·at·ing, adjective

Synonyms for lacerate

1. rend. See maim. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for lacerated


verb (ˈlæsəˌreɪt) (tr)
  1. to tear (the flesh, etc) jaggedly
  2. to hurt or harrow (the feelings, etc)
adjective (ˈlæsəˌreɪt, -rɪt)
  1. 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 lacerated



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lacerated in Medicine


  1. Cut or wounded in a jagged manner.


  1. To rip, cut, or tear.
  1. Torn; mangled.
  2. Wounded.
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