Definition of excoriate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈskɔːrɪeɪt/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈskɔːrɪeɪt/


[with object]
1 Medicine Damage or remove part of the surface of (the skin): the discharge is acrid and excoriates the skin of the nose
More example sentences
  • People with this condition have a rash, pruritis, and excoriated crythematous skin in body folds, axillae, and groin.
  • Most people inherently recognise what they call bright or fresh red bleeding, and tend to attribute that to a local cause such as a haemorrhoid or an anal fissure, or even just some excoriated itchy skin.
  • Mucopurulent otorrhea and excoriated skin may also be present.
abrade, rub away, rub off, rub raw, scrape, scratch, chafe, damage;
strip away, peel away, skin
technical decorticate
2 formal Criticize (someone) severely: he excoriated the government for censorship
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  • Critics excoriating him for other aspects of his film show an equal lack of sensitivity to the challenges that come with highly structured storytelling.
  • One letter writer to the newspaper excoriated those people for complaining about not being able to get their vehicles out of the lot.
  • The local radio talk show excoriated him as a fiend; the daily paper denounced a magistrate for providing him bail.



Pronunciation: /ɪkskɔːrɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ɛkskɔːrɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Quite often, there is absolutely nothing to see on these patients skin, apart from self induced excoriations.
  • Activists had to encounter an initially dismissive public, hostile populist politicians, excoriation by religious fundamentalists and the slow wheels of government.
  • Nevertheless, all major networks signed on to the war effort with embarrassingly little resistance, the First Amendment taking second place to their fear of public excoriation by the President.


Late Middle English: from Latin excoriat- 'skinned', from the verb excoriare, from ex- 'out, from' + corium 'skin, hide'.

Words that rhyme with excoriate


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