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scarify

[ skar-uh-fahy ]
/ 藞sk忙r 蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), scar路i路fied, scar路i路fy路ing.
to make scratches or superficial incisions in (the skin, a wound, etc.), as in vaccination.
to lacerate by severe criticism.
to loosen (the soil) with a type of cultivator.
to hasten the sprouting of (hard-covered seeds) by making incisions in the seed coats.
to break up (a road surface).
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Origin of scarify

1400鈥50; late Middle English scarifie<Middle French scarifier<Late Latin scar墨fic膩re, alteration of Latin scar墨f膩re, scar墨ph膩re to make scratches <Greek skar墨ph芒sthai to sketch, derivative of sk谩r墨phos stylus; see -ify

OTHER WORDS FROM scarify

scar路i路fi路er, nounun路scar路i路fied, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH scarify

scarify , scorify
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British Dictionary definitions for scarify (1 of 2)

scarify1
/ (藞sk蓻蓹r瑟藢fa瑟, 藞sk忙r瑟-) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
surgery to make tiny punctures or superficial incisions in (the skin or other tissue), as for inoculating
agriculture
  1. to break up and loosen (soil) to a shallow depth
  2. to scratch or abrade the outer surface of (seeds) to increase water absorption or hasten germination
to wound with harsh criticism

Derived forms of scarify

scarification, nounscarifier, noun

Word Origin for scarify

C15: via Old French from Latin scar墨f膩re to scratch open, from Greek skariphasthai to draw, from skariphos a pencil

British Dictionary definitions for scarify (2 of 2)

scarify2
/ (藞sk蓻蓹r瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
(tr) informal to make scared; frighten

Derived forms of scarify

scarifyingly, adverb

Word Origin for scarify

C18: from scare + -ify

usage for scarify

Scarify is sometimes wrongly thought to mean the same as scare: a frightening (not scarifying) film
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