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tr.v. ex·co·ri·at·ed, ex·co·ri·at·ing, ex·co·ri·ates
a. To censure strongly; denounce: "preparing to excoriate him for his insufficient preparations" (Neil Bascomb).
b. To criticize (something) harshly: "After excoriating the vapid culture of movie-star worship ... he's ended up at that trough" (Maureen Dowd).
2. To tear, scrape, or wear off (the skin).

[Middle English excoriaten, from Latin excoriāre, excoriāt- : ex-, ex- + corium, skin; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·co′ri·a′tion n.
ex·co′ri·a′tor n.
Usage Note: Traditionally, one excoriates people, not things, but in recent years the verb has been given a wider variety of objects, and the Usage Panel does not object. In our 2002 survey, 83 percent of the Panel accepted the sentence The party's national convention and its platform were excoriated by a contemptuous press, where the verb acts upon products of human effort.
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Obsolete, the act of stripping of possessions wrongfully and by force; spoliation or robbery.
See also: Theft
the process of removing the skin or outer layer; flaying. See also skin.
See also: Processes
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.excoriation - an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn offexcoriation - an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
graze - a superficial abrasion
rope burn - abrasion (usually on the hands) caused by friction from a rope
lesion - an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)
2.excoriation - severe censure
denouncement, denunciation - a public act of denouncing
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n. excoriación, abrasión de la epidermis.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


n excoriación f
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References in classic literature ?
Fixing my eyes steadily upon his left cheek, which was traversed by four parallel excoriations showing blood, I said:
Upon examining it, many excoriations were perceived, no doubt occasioned by the violence with which it had been thrust up and disengaged.
Among the political hypocrisies infesting our little land, few are more brazen than excoriation of "private finance" for delivery of schools, hospitals and other necessities.
In his influential 1984 book, "The Naked Public Square," Richard John Neuhaus recalled attending an event featuring the late Jerry Falwell Sr., who delivered an angry excoriation of liberals and other supposed enemies of freedom.
It's no wonder, since in our social-media obsessed society, anything varying from the norm by a millimeter is subject to immediate excoriation. The threat here is that people who subscribe to sameness and conformity are easily manipulated.
Of course, the idea has its flaws - as the law recognises consent can be revoked at any time during the act - but it's well-intentioned, hardly worthy of public excoriation.
Psychogenic excoriation, Clinical features, proposed diagnostic criteria, epidemiology and approaches to treatment.
7) and, where references can be found to excoriation as legally sanctioned or as an historical event, it is used exclusively in a punitive context, never as an act of torture.
In addition, there were 12 MDRs reported on high-frequency ultrasound, including burns/blisters (9), subcutaneous nodules (2), and excoriation (1).
And though Kennan's excoriation of Soviet communism never waned one bit at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, where he retired to become an unforgettable teacher, the true genius of the containment notion was its aim: not to provoke uncertainty but offer a bedrock of predictability.
"His excoriation of illegal Mexican immigrants - and the fight with corporate entities and celebrities that ensued - built up a core base of support within the Republican Party that helped him earn the party's nomination.
Excoriation marks, dermatitis and bacterial infections are also seen.