Definition of excoriate in US English:



[with object]
  • 1formal Censure or criticize severely.

    ‘the papers that had been excoriating him were now lauding him’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, the Commission excoriated you for failing to record where your million came from and where it went.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A much-experienced newspaper colleague excoriated me as grossly unfair, if not libellous.’
    • ‘The major difference is that poor little Johnny is excoriated for appalling behaviour and Bob is elevated to sainthood status.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One letter writer to the newspaper excoriated those people for complaining about not being able to get their vehicles out of the lot.’
    • ‘She was excoriated and shunned, even within her own party.’
    • ‘Lincoln did it when, as a congressman from Illinois, he excoriated President Polk for his war in Mexico.’
    • ‘The local radio talk show excoriated him as a fiend; the daily paper denounced a magistrate for providing him bail.’
    • ‘And some of them have been extremely strong, excoriating the president.’
    • ‘A few days later the Prime Minister was excoriated in the press for being, principally, a performer - and one who admires performers.’
    • ‘There have already been a number of emails on my article, all of them excoriating me for not understanding the case.’
    • ‘After a long diatribe, Noah excoriated me: ‘How can you bring such a phony to speak to your class?’’
    • ‘He is a fellow who made no charitable donations for years on end, while excoriating other Americans for being ‘hard-hearted’ and ‘greedy.’’
    • ‘Not for the first time, he excoriated his team: ‘That was poor, very poor.’’
    • ‘Many of the op-ed columnists glibly excoriating him now will have the pleasure in the future of dealing with a parent with Alzheimers.’
    • ‘Critics excoriating him for other aspects of his film show an equal lack of sensitivity to the challenges that come with highly structured storytelling.’
    find fault with, censure, denounce, condemn, arraign, attack, lambaste, pillory, disapprove of, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to
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  • 2Medicine
    Damage or remove part of the surface of (the skin).

    • ‘The pathognomonic sign is the burrow - a short, wavy, grey line that is often missed if the skin is eczematised, excoriated, or impetiginised.’
    • ‘Rarely, patients excoriate their skin in response to delusional ideation; in such cases, the appropriate diagnosis would be psychosis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mucopurulent otorrhea and excoriated skin may also be present.’
    • ‘The habit of excoriating the acne may go on for decades.’
    • ‘It is characterized by pruritic, of ten excoriated papules and nodules on the extensor surfaces of the legs and upper arms.’
    • ‘People with this condition have a rash, pruritis, and excoriated crythematous skin in body folds, axillae, and groin.’
    abrade, rub away, rub off, rub raw, scrape, scratch, chafe, damage
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Late Middle English: from Latin excoriat- ‘skinned’, from the verb excoriare, from ex- ‘out, from’ + corium ‘skin, hide’.