Definition of excoriate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    excoriate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌeksˈkɔːrieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌeksˈkɔːrieɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they excoriate
    BrE BrE//ˌeksˈkɔːrieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌeksˈkɔːrieɪt//
     
    he / she / it excoriates
    BrE BrE//ˌeksˈkɔːrieɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌeksˈkɔːrieɪts//
     
    past simple excoriated
    BrE BrE//ˌeksˈkɔːrieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌeksˈkɔːrieɪtɪd//
     
    past participle excoriated
    BrE BrE//ˌeksˈkɔːrieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌeksˈkɔːrieɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form excoriating
    BrE BrE//ˌeksˈkɔːrieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌeksˈkɔːrieɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1excoriate something (medical) to irritate a person’s skin so that it starts to come off
  2. 2excoriate somebody/something (formal) to criticize somebody/something severely
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin excoriat- ‘skinned’, from the verb excoriare, from ex- ‘out, from’ + corium ‘skin, hide’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: excoriate