verb (used with object), lac·er·at·ed, lac·er·at·ing.
Origin of lacerate
British Dictionary definitions for self-lacerating
verb (ˈlæsəˌreɪt) (tr)
adjective (ˈlæsəˌreɪt, -rɪt)
Word Origin for lacerate
Word Origin and History for self-lacerating
early 15c., from Latin laceratus, past participle of lacerare "tear to pieces, mangle," figuratively, "to slander, censure, abuse," from lacer "torn, mangled," from PIE root *lek- "to rend, tear" (cf. Greek lakis "tatter, rag," lakizein "to tear to pieces;" Russian lochma "rag, tatter, scrap;" Albanian l'akur "naked"). Related: Lacerated; lacerating.