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From Late Latin excoriātus, perfect participle of Latin excoriō (take the skin or hide off, flay), from ex (off) + corium (hide, skin).


  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪkˈskɔɹ.iˌeɪt/, /ɪkˈskoʊɹ.iˌeɪt/
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excoriate (third-person singular simple present excoriates, present participle excoriating, simple past and past participle excoriated)

  1. (transitive) To wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay.
    Synonyms: abrade, chafe, flay
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To strongly denounce or censure.
    Synonyms: condemn, disparage, reprobate, tear a strip off, criticize, criticise
    • 2004, China Miéville, Iron Council, 2005 Trade paperback edition edition, →ISBN, page 464:
      Madeleina di Farja had described Ori, and Cutter had envisaged an angry, frantic, pugnacious boy eager to fight, excoriating his comrades for supposed quiescence.
    • 13 September 2006, Patrick Healy, “Spitzer and Clinton Win in N.Y. Primary”, in New York Times[1]:
      Mr. Green, a former city public advocate and candidate for mayor in 2001, ran ads excoriating Mr. Cuomo’s ethics.
    • April 5 2022, Tina Brown, “How Princess Diana’s Dance With the Media Impacted William and Harry”, in Vanity Fair[2]:
      The tabloids branded him forevermore as the “love rat,” and Pasternak was excoriated for peddling mawkish fantasy.
      adapted from the book The Palace Papers, published 2022 by Penguin Books

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  1. second-person plural present active imperative of excoriō