One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘jagged edges that lacerated their arms’
cut, cut open, gash, slash, tear, rip, rend, mangle, mutilate, maim, maul, shred, score, scratch, scrape, graze, incise
knife, gouge, split, cleave, hack, stab, tear apart, butcher, savage, wound, injure, hurt, damage
2‘the author's feelings have been lacerated by criticism’
hurt, wound, distress, pain, harrow, torture, torment, crucify, tear to pieces, tear to shreds
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