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tr.v. lac·er·at·ed, lac·er·at·ing, lac·er·ates
1. To rip, cut, or tear.
2. To cause deep emotional pain to; distress.
adj. (-rĭt, -rāt′)
1. Torn; mangled.
2. Wounded.
3. Having jagged, deeply cut edges: lacerate leaves.

[Middle English laceraten, from Latin lacerāre, lacerāt-, from lacer, torn.]


having edges that are jagged or torn(of feelings, etc) hurt or injured


(ˈlæs əˌreɪ tɪd)

1. mangled; torn.
2. pained; distressed.
3. Biol. having jagged edges, as certain leaves.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lacerated - irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn; "lacerate leaves"
rough - of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
2.lacerated - having edges that are jagged from injurylacerated - having edges that are jagged from injury
injured - harmed; "injured soldiers"; "injured feelings"


[ˈlæsəreɪtɪd] adj [skin, body, flesh] → lacéré(e)
References in classic literature ?
He is a des- perate slaveholder, who will shock the humanity of his non-slaveholding neighbors with the cries of his lacerated slave.
Early in this trick once when the steward had left the room and Michael's eager nose was within an inch of the prohibited morsel, Kwaque, playfully inclined, reached for the morsel himself and received a lacerated hand from the quick flash and clip of Michael's jaws.
Alas, how that laughing lacerated my bowels and cut into my heart!
So lacerated were they by the ice that it was necessary to change the front every hundred yards, and put a different one in advance to break the way.
Being but partly grown his jaws had not yet become large enough nor strong enough to make his throat-attack deadly; but many a young dog went around camp with a lacerated throat in token of White Fang's intention.
She dragged him to an unholy sink, and, soaking a rag in water, began to scrub his lacerated face with it.
On we toiled, the perspiration starting from our bodies in floods, our limbs torn and lacerated with the splintered fragments of the broken canes, until we had proceeded perhaps as far as the middle of the brake, when suddenly it ceased raining, and the atmosphere around us became close and sultry beyond expression.
The leg which had been held within the jaws of the crocodile was badly lacerated, but the bone had not been broken, nor were the muscles or tendons sufficiently injured to render it useless.
And when Anne, utterly insensible to the honor, refused him, as delicately and considerately as she could -- for even a Sloane had feelings which ought not to be unduly lacerated -- Sloanishness still further betrayed itself.
He bent, rolled the man over, and discovered the lacerated back of the neck.
I was once, I remember, called to a patient who had received a violent contusion in his tibia, by which the exterior cutis was lacerated, so that there was a profuse sanguinary discharge; and the interior membranes were so divellicated, that the os or bone very plainly appeared through the aperture of the vulnus or wound.
Then the calf of his leg was badly lacerated and looked as though it had been mangled by a bulldog.