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
How to use scarify in a sentence
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)
- 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