AskDefine | Define excoriate

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

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From excoriatus, past participle of excoriare. From the etyl la excoriare; ex- + corium


  1. To wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay.
  2. To strongly renounce or censure.
    • 2004, China Miéville, Iron Council, p. 464 (2005 Trade paperback edition, ISBN 0-345-45842-7) -- Madeleina di Farja had described Ori, and Cutter had envisaged an angry, frantic, pugnacious boy eager to fight, excoriating his comrades for supposed quiesence.
    • 2006, New York Times Mr. Green, a former city public advocate and candidate for mayor in 2001, ran ads excoriating Mr. Cuomo’s ethics, ...


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to wear off the skin of
to strongly renounce or censure
  • Norwegian: hudflette (1,2)

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