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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Definitions for excoriate

  1. to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally: He was excoriated for his mistakes.
  2. to strip off or remove the skin from: Her palms were excoriated by the hard labor of shoveling.

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Citations for excoriate
Jonathan Swift once observed, “Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own,” and so it might be charged, too, of satirists who excoriate others while exempting themselves from blame. Joyce Carol Oates, "Showtime," The New Yorker, October 27, 2003
The accompanying editorial went on to excoriate him and those who served under him. Leighton Gage, Dying Gasp, 2010
Origin of excoriate
late Middle English
In Latin the verb excoriāre meant only “to strip the skin, bark, shell” (it also had an obscene sense). The modern sense “to denounce, upbraid” arose in English in the late 19th century. Excoriate in its Latin senses entered English in the late 15th century.