• WordNet 3.6
    • n excoriation severe censure
    • n excoriation an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Excoriation Stripping of possession; spoliation. "A pitiful excoriation of the poorer sort."
    • Excoriation The act of excoriating or flaying, or state of being excoriated, or stripped of the skin; abrasion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n excoriation The act of flaying; the operation of stripping off the skin.
    • n excoriation Hence The act or process of abrading or galling; especially, a breaking or removal of the outer layers of the skin.
    • n excoriation An abraded, galled, or broken surface of the skin.
    • n excoriation The act of stripping of possessions; spoliation; robbery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Excoriation the act of excoriating: the state of being excoriated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. excoriation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excoriāre, -ātumex, from, corium, the skin.


In literature:

If you had but been as quiet as a log, as you call yourself, I should have saved some excoriations on my hands and knees.
"A Legend of Montrose" by Sir Walter Scott
Neither have you a right to excoriate those who are conscientiously operating through the channels spoken of.
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
Babies are frequently subject to rashes, intertrigo, excoriations, eczema, and other skin affections.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
The drops of rain bruise us; the false sounds excoriate us; the darkness blinds us.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
The itching is intense, and in consequence their apices are excoriated.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
It would excoriate your throat.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Such torch-bearers as Mariette Mazarin and Feodor Chaliapine have been procaciously excoriated by the critics.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
But he never complained to Gerard or exhibited any smart of excoriated vanity.
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
On the parts not excoriated mercurial ointment, made of one part of white calx of mercury and six of hogs' fat.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Her three aunts noted it, and excoriated Kirkwood and Amzi.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson

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.