Definition of lacerate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlasəˌrāt/


[with object]
1Tear or make deep cuts in (flesh or skin): the point had lacerated his neck (as adjective lacerated) his badly lacerated hands and knees
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  • Pain filled her mind as she felt her skin being lacerated and heard the crack of the whip.
  • So they made us put stones in our shoes and ropes around our waists which lacerated our skin.
  • He had a further accident lacerating his tendons and breaking his left wrist.
cut (open), gash, slash, tear, rip, rend, shred;
score, scratch, scrape, graze;
wound, injure, hurt
1.1Criticize forcefully or severely: her true venom seems reserved for the media itself as she lacerates our obsession with celebrity (as adjective lacerating) a lacerating critique of the war
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  • Lacerated in the press, he eventually incinerated his drawings.
  • He would tell me who I was, and his judgment was lacerating, merciless.
  • Three weeks ago, the former Fine Gael minister deliverd a lacerating attack on his former colleagues in this newspaper.


Late Middle English: from Latin lacerat- 'mangled', from the verb lacerare, from lacer 'mangled, torn'.

Words that rhyme with lacerate


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Syllabification: lac·er·ate

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