scarify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scarify puncture and scar (the skin), as for purposes or tribal identification or rituals "The men in some African tribes scarify their faces"
    • v scarify break up "scarify soil"
    • v scarify scratch the surface of "scarify seeds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scarify To scratch or cut the skin of; esp. Med, to make small incisions in, by means of a lancet or scarificator, so as to draw blood from the smaller vessels without opening a large vein.
    • Scarify (Agric) To stir the surface soil of, as a field.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scarify In surgery, to scratch or make superficial incisions in: as, to scarify the gums.
    • scarify To stir up and prepare for sowing or planting by means of a scarifier: as, to scarify the soil.
    • scarify Figuratively, to harrow or rasp, as the feelings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Scarify skar′i-fī to scratch or slightly cut the skin, to make small cuts with a lancet, so as to draw blood: to loosen and stir together the soil: to harrow the feelings
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. scarifier, L. scarificare, scarifare, fr. Gr. to scratch up, fr. a pointed instrument
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. scarifier—L. scarificāre, -ātum—Gr. skariphasthai—skariphos, an etching tool.

Usage

In literature:

The dancer was cut or scarified on the chest, sufficient to draw blood and cause pain, the natural accompaniments of his figurative death.
"The Soul of the Indian" by [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
There are few things you cannot scarify.
"Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor" by R. D. Blackmore
Why do you scarify His works with this presumptuous kind of ribaldry?
"Heart of the West" by O. Henry
The deep blackness of the night was already scarified with sharp bright lines, which were reflected back by the water with unerring exactness.
"In Search of the Castaways" by Jules Verne
O, sir, by your favour, (quoth he,) I have ever heard it called sacrificing; and as for scarifying, I never heard of it before.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 335" by Various
Mode of scarifying the body.
"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
She turned sharply and gazed at him with a look of inimical contempt that aggrieved and scarified him very acutely.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
Never was a "good fellow and a thoroughbred" so mercilessly scarified.
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
His political jingles were the delight or vexation of partisans as they happened to ridicule or scarify this side or that.
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
A portion of the surface is black and is scarified by fusion.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 530, February 27, 1886" by Various
Their colour, as Captain Cook remarks, is a dull black: their skin is scarified about their shoulders and breast.
"A Voyage to the South Sea" by William Bligh
Who would not rather be a healer than a scarifier?
"The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)" by Marion Harland
There are few things you cannot scarify.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
This may be done by tightly applying bandages above the wound and scarifying or sucking the parts.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Each device of scarifying denotes the peculiar nation of the blacks.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
He knew it must scarify Elaine, and he shrank from it.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
It was considered a great favor to obtain a folded rag to lay on the scarified part.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
He was promptly scarified for his unseemly conduct and fined three Task-Tickets.
""Pip"" by Ian Hay
In this mixture we wallowed, and emerged from it scarified but clean.
"The African Colony" by John Buchan
The old road was scarified and re-dressed prior to laying the macadam.
"Third Biennial Report of the Oregon State Highway Commission" by S. Benson, W. L. Thompson, R. A. Booth, Herbert Nunn
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In poetry:

You will follow the bare scarified breast
Nor will you be weary of calling my name, nor too weary
To place the last kiss on my lips
When the Syrian onyx is broken.
"Homage To Sextus Propertius - VI" by Ezra Pound
The pale young man he comes to me.
"Ah, friend," he says, "how now?
Your lips are clean, I'm pleased to see,
An' you 'ave kep' your vow!"
"Me lips is bonzer," I replied.
"But, 'struth, me throat is scarified!"
"The Invalid" by C J Dennis

In news:

She has some hilarious and fairly scarifying stories from the deepest vaults of the sperm bank — tales from the crypt — and many of them involve people or their products not smelling so nice.
Pavement marking removal Pavement milling and rehab Concrete milling and rehab Scarifier Can be made for any kind of skid steer cold planer.
General Equipment Co. First introduced nearly 35 years ago, small surface planers (scarifiers) have seen their acceptance and use on municipal maintenance projects grow significantly.
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