Origin of scarification
Examples from the Web for scarification
Scarification, with other crude penances, has now been superseded by benefaction.The Devil's Dictionary
I concluded that the scars were due to the practice of scarification.The Manbos of Mindano
John M. Garvan
The faces of both sexes were much disfigured as a result of their religious beliefs, which led to the practice of scarification.An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs
Sylvanus Griswold Morley
He frequently pretends to suck out such an object by the application of the lips alone, without any scarification whatever.The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees
Scarification to give vent to pent-up blood or puncture to allow the escape of effused serum will afford prompt relief.
Word Origin and History for scarification
c.1400, "act of covering with scratches or slight cuts," from Old French scarification (14c.), from Late Latin scarificationem (nominative scarificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of scarificare, from Latin scarifare "scratch open," from Greek skariphasthai "to scratch an outline, sketch," from skariphos "pencil, stylus," from PIE root *skribh- "to cut, separate, sift" (see script (n.)).
- The act of making shallow cuts in the skin.