Definition of excoriate in English:



  • 1Medicine
    Damage or remove part of the surface of (the skin)

    ‘the discharge is acrid and excoriates the skin of the nose’
    • ‘It is characterized by pruritic, of ten excoriated papules and nodules on the extensor surfaces of the legs and upper arms.’
    • ‘Mucopurulent otorrhea and excoriated skin may also be present.’
    • ‘Rarely, patients excoriate their skin in response to delusional ideation; in such cases, the appropriate diagnosis would be psychosis.’
    • ‘People with this condition have a rash, pruritis, and excoriated crythematous skin in body folds, axillae, and groin.’
    • ‘The pathognomonic sign is the burrow - a short, wavy, grey line that is often missed if the skin is eczematised, excoriated, or impetiginised.’
    • ‘Most people inherently recognise what they call bright or fresh red bleeding, and tend to attribute that to a local cause such as a haemorrhoid or an anal fissure, or even just some excoriated itchy skin.’
    • ‘The habit of excoriating the acne may go on for decades.’
    abrade, rub away, rub off, rub raw, scrape, scratch, chafe, damage
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  • 2formal Criticize (someone) severely.

    ‘he excoriated the government for censorship’
    • ‘Many of the op-ed columnists glibly excoriating him now will have the pleasure in the future of dealing with a parent with Alzheimers.’
    • ‘A much-experienced newspaper colleague excoriated me as grossly unfair, if not libellous.’
    • ‘The Washington Post reviews a novel excoriating the president and discussing assassination.’
    • ‘Should we publicly excoriate him, or even mildly condemn him and call for an apology on these ‘slippery slope’ grounds?’
    • ‘The local radio talk show excoriated him as a fiend; the daily paper denounced a magistrate for providing him bail.’
    • ‘After a long diatribe, Noah excoriated me: ‘How can you bring such a phony to speak to your class?’’
    • ‘He would then wait outside the front door to excoriate the opponents, even the poor guy loading the kit hampers on to the team bus.’
    • ‘The major difference is that poor little Johnny is excoriated for appalling behaviour and Bob is elevated to sainthood status.’
    • ‘There have already been a number of emails on my article, all of them excoriating me for not understanding the case.’
    • ‘A few days later the Prime Minister was excoriated in the press for being, principally, a performer - and one who admires performers.’
    • ‘Lincoln did it when, as a congressman from Illinois, he excoriated President Polk for his war in Mexico.’
    • ‘Critics excoriating him for other aspects of his film show an equal lack of sensitivity to the challenges that come with highly structured storytelling.’
    • ‘And some of them have been extremely strong, excoriating the president.’
    • ‘Throughout his career he had excoriated Walter Scott (even holding him almost single-handedly responsible for the Civil War), but now he was in the same boat as his bête noire.’
    • ‘She was excoriated and shunned, even within her own party.’
    • ‘Not for the first time, he excoriated his team: ‘That was poor, very poor.’’
    • ‘He was against the Anglo-Irish agreement of 1985 and the Good Friday agreement of 1998, and he has made his name by excoriating the Protestant leaders who endorsed them.’
    • ‘One letter writer to the newspaper excoriated those people for complaining about not being able to get their vehicles out of the lot.’
    • ‘In fact, the Commission excoriated you for failing to record where your million came from and where it went.’
    • ‘He is a fellow who made no charitable donations for years on end, while excoriating other Americans for being ‘hard-hearted’ and ‘greedy.’’


Late Middle English: from Latin excoriat- ‘skinned’, from the verb excoriare, from ex- ‘out, from’ + corium ‘skin, hide’.