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3 definitions found
 for excoriate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Excoriate \Ex*co"ri*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Excoriated; p.
     pr. & vb. n. excoriating.] [L. excoriare; ex out + corium
     hide. cf. Scourge; see Cuirass.]
     To strip or wear off the skin of; to abrade; to gall; to
     break and remove the cuticle of, in any manner, as by
     rubbing, beating, or by the action of acrid substances.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  excoriate
      v 1: express strong disapproval of; "We condemn the racism in
           South Africa"; "These ideas were reprobated" [syn:
           condemn, reprobate, decry, objurgate, excoriate]
      2: tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading; "This
         leash chafes the dog's neck" [syn: chafe, excoriate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  26 Moby Thesaurus words for "excoriate":
     abrade, assail, attack, bark, blister, castigate, decorticate,
     flay, fret, fustigate, gall, lash, pare, peel, roast, rub, scalp,
     scarify, scathe, scorch, scourge, skin, skin alive, slash, strip,
     trounce
  
  

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