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lacerate

Syllabification: lac·er·ate
Pronunciation: /ˈlasəˌrāt
 
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Definition of lacerate in English:

verb

[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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • You will be publicly lacerated by a few managers who will feel obliged to feign indignation that you didn't select his county's full-back/full-forward, whatever.
  • His poem - for all the mellifluousness of its alexandrines - was a lacerating attack upon the proposition that "tout est bien."
  • An outspoken government critic, he has written lacerating essays on the Internet, including predictions that the governing party will implode because of corruption and abuse of power.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with lacerate

macerate

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