ex·co·ri·ate / ikˈskôrēˌāt/ • v. [tr.] 1. formal censure or criticize severely: the papers that had been excoriating him were now lauding him. 2. chiefly Med. damage or remove part of the surface of (the skin). DERIVATIVES: ex·co·ri·a·tion / ikˌskôrēˈāshən/ n. ORIGIN: late Middle English: from Latin excoriat- ‘skinned,’ from the verb excoriare, from ex- ‘out, from’ + corium ‘skin, hide.’
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