- The definition of excoriate is to chafe, abrade or wear off the skin.
A tight bracelet that rubs against your skin, chafing it and causing redness and irritation is an example of something that excoriates.
- To excoriate is defined as to condemn, criticize thoroughly or express strong disapproval.
When you thoroughly condemn a certain behavior, this is an example of a time when you excoriate.
- to strip, scratch, or rub off the skin of; flay, abrade, chafe, etc.
- to denounce harshly
Origin of excoriateMiddle English excoriaten ; from Classical Latin excoriatus, past participle of excoriare ; from ex-, out, off + corium, the skin: see corium
transitive verbex·co·ri·at·ed, ex·co·ri·at·ing, ex·co·ri·ates
- a. To censure strongly; denounce: “preparing to excoriate him for his insufficient preparations” (Neil Bascomb).b. To criticize (something) harshly: “After excoriating the vapid culture of movie-star worship &ellipsis; he's ended up at that trough” (Maureen Dowd).
- To tear, scrape, or wear off (the skin).
Origin of excoriateMiddle English excoriaten, from Latin excoriare, excoriat- : ex-, ex- + corium, skin; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present excoriates, present participle excoriating, simple past and past participle excoriated)