• WordNet 3.6
    • v excoriate express strong disapproval of "We condemn the racism in South Africa","These ideas were reprobated"
    • v excoriate tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading "This leash chafes the dog's neck"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Excoriate 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • excoriate To flay; strip off the skin of.
    • excoriate Hence To abrade; gall; break and remove the outer layers of (the skin) in any manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Excoriate eks-kō′ri-āt to strip the skin from
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. excoriare,; ex, out + corium, hide. cf. Scourge; see Cuirass
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excoriāre, -ātumex, from, corium, the skin.


In literature:

What excoriations in his lamentable existence!
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
MY wrists, MY ankles, are excoriated.
"Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm
There are trees here; a row of excoriated willow trunks, some of wide countenance, and others hollowed and yawning, like coffins on end.
"Under Fire" by Henri Barbusse
He was half a boy and half a man and this newly begotten half called a "man" was having manhood castigated, excoriated, and leaked from him.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
A change had begun in the moment when she had tearfully thrust the oil and flour in upon his excoriated breast.
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
If the skin were less close, and less smooth, the face would look bloody, and excoriated.
"The Existence of God" by Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon
The pipe almost fell from his mouth when he saw his friend's excoriated face.
"The Hunted Woman" by James Oliver Curwood
The landlord had another excoriating remark, which he might have flung at the young man and finished him up, but he magnanimously forbore.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
On inspection I found his tongue swelled and his throat slightly inflamed and excoriated.
"Trial of Mary Blandy"
Ghastly faces were staring at her, their lips moving in death to excoriate her.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer

In poetry:

Myrt, if you inflate your hair
I shall--well--excoriate you,
And, I positively swear,
Loathe, despise, detest, and hate you.
"An Ultimatum To Myrtilla" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

Ann Romney offers the expected gentle portrait of her husband, before New Jersey Gov Chris Christie takes the stage with an excoriation of the current White House occupant.
In the Tuesday edition of the NDN there was a Letter to the Editor excoriating some pedestrians for their lack of thought regarding how they treat themselves and the roadway when they are walking or crossing.
Former NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton excoriated teachers unions in a Monday Wall Street Journal editorial that envisions what would happen if some of America's education policies were applied to the football field.
In his speech, Ryan properly excoriated the president for his profligate spending and for his indifference to the nation's debt crisis.
Five months after the state legislative auditor excoriated the five-year process of building the Jefferson Performing Arts Center along Airline Drive, the latest bill of $8.4 million – the largest change order yet – remains in limbo.
When Vice President Dick Cheney held secret meetings for his energy task force in the early days of President George W Bush's first term, he was excoriated by the left and even some on the right.
In a news conference with Defense Secretary Leon E Panetta in May, Gen Dempsey, the nation's highest-ranking military officer, publicly excoriated Col .
During the months leading up to the passage of Obamacare, Sarah Palin was mocked and excoriated for her use of the term "death panels" to describe the comparative effectiveness approach embraced by architects of the legislation.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was excoriated by a South Carolina state senator during a rally Sunday of supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
If not for Clint Eastwood, Kent State's Andre Parker just might have been the most excoriated man in the Twitterverse last night and into today.
In a Nov 25 letter, "Difficult to uncover financial benefit," Laura Jones excoriated light rail because it will "never pay for itself".
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello excoriates Ryan in a Rolling Stone column published Thursday.
We live in a "progressive" world where an increasingly small percentage of Americans pay most of the burden of government… and they are routinely excoriated for their reluctance to pay even more.
The New York Times editorial page today excoriates a new campaign finance bill percolating through the house.
In a New Yorker essay marking the tenth anniversary of Bush v. Gore, Jeffrey Toobin excoriates the Supreme Court for its decision.