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scar·i·fy 1

tr.v. scar·i·fied, scar·i·fy·ing, scar·i·fies
a. To make shallow cuts in (the skin), as when vaccinating.
b. To create a design on (the skin) by means of shallow cuts that are sometimes rubbed with a colorant or irritant to enhance the resulting scar tissue.
2. To break up the surface of (topsoil or pavement).
3. To distress deeply, as with severe criticism; lacerate.
4. Botany To slit or soften the outer coat of (seeds) in order to speed germination.

[Middle English scarifien, from Old French scarifier, from Late Latin scarīficāre, alteration of Latin scarīfāre, from Greek skarīphāsthai, to sketch, scratch, from skarīphos, pencil, stylus; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]

scar′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
scar′i·fi′er n.

scar·i·fy 2

tr.v. scar·i·fied, scar·i·fy·ing, scar·i·fies
To scare.


n. escarificación, acto de hacer punturas o raspaduras en la piel.
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Other accounts of the prophecy describe the messiah as being left-handed, unmarked by tribal scars in the forehead and gap-teethed; the prophecy also indicated that he would marry a white woman (Adeba 2015).
Like most of the young rebels, if they came across a dark-skinned person with three parallel tribal scars etched into their pleading faces, the AK-47s were cocked and fired.
In front of the bathroom mirror she had slashed her face with lipstick, drawing it down over her cheeks like tribal scars.
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