scarify [ skar- uh-fahy ] SHOW IPA / ˈskær əˌfaɪ / PHONETIC RESPELLING verb (used with object), scar·i·fied, scar·i·fy·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). RELATED WORDS blister
astound Origin of scarify 1400–50; late Middle English scarifie
Middle French scarifier
Late Latin scarīficāre,
Latin scarīfāre, scarīphāre
to make scratches <
to sketch, derivative of
-ify Related forms scar·i·fi·er, noun un·scar·i·fied, adjective
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Examples from the Web for scarify
Sometimes it may be necessary to
scarify the gums, or to apply leeches to them.
He bobbed at once, but she hastened to the door to
Perhaps the stinging words of last night had at last sunk deep enough to
scarify his self-esteem.
Their mode of obtaining charity was to go barefoot and
scarify their heels so that the blood might show. British Dictionary definitions for scarify (1 of 2) scarify 1 / ( ˈskɛərɪˌfaɪ, ˈskærɪ-) / verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr) surgery to make tiny punctures or superficial incisions in (the skin or other tissue), as for inoculating agriculture 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 to wound with harsh criticism Derived Forms scarification, noun scarifier, noun Word Origin for scarify
C15: via Old French from Latin
scarīfāre to scratch open, from Greek skariphasthai to draw, from skariphos a pencil British Dictionary definitions for scarify (2 of 2) verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr) informal to make scared; frighten Derived Forms scarifyingly, adverb Word Origin for scarify
scare + -ify usage Scarify is sometimes wrongly thought to mean the same as scare: a frightening (not scarifying) film
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Word Origin and History for scarify v.
mid-15c., "make incisions in the bark of a tree," from Middle French
scarifier "score, scrape" (leather or hide), 14c., from Late Latin scarificare (see scarification). The sense "cover with scars" (1680s) is a sense-shift from influence of scar (v.). Related: Scarified; scarifier; scarifying.
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Medicine definitions for scarify v. To make shallow cuts in the skin, as when vaccinating.
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