- to tear roughly; mangle: The barbed wire lacerated his hands.
- to distress or torture mentally or emotionally; wound deeply; pain greatly: His bitter criticism lacerated my heart.
Origin of lacerate
Synonyms for lacerate
- to tear (the flesh, etc) jaggedly
- to hurt or harrow (the feelings, etc)
- having edges that are jagged or torn; laceratedlacerate leaves
Word Origin for lacerate
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.
- To rip, cut, or tear.
- Torn; mangled.