verb (used with object), scar·i·fied, scar·i·fy·ing.
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Origin of scarify
OTHER WORDS FROM scarifyscar·i·fi·er, nounun·scar·i·fied, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH scarifyscarify , scorify
Words nearby scarify
Example sentences from the Web for scarify
Dickens is going to put an article on the subject in Household Words, in order to scarify the rascally bookseller.George Eliot's Life, Vol. II (of 3)|George Eliot
To relieve their wearied legs and feet after long marches, they scarify the former with sharp flints.
When fatigued by travel they scarify their legs with a sharpened reed or snakes' teeth.
His political jingles were the delight or vexation of partisans as they happened to ridicule or scarify this side or that.Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions|Slason Thompson
Incapable of checking a witty saying, he would scarify his two neighbors before a dinner was half over.Bureaucracy|Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for scarify (1 of 2)
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
- to break up and loosen (soil) to a shallow depth
- to scratch or abrade the outer surface of (seeds) to increase water absorption or hasten germination