- 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.
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- 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 … he's ended up at that trough” ( Maureen Dowd )
- To tear, scrape, or wear off (the skin).
Origin of excoriateMiddle English excoriaten from Latin excoriāre excoriāt- ex- ex- corium skin ; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: Traditionally, one excoriates people, not things, but in recent years the verb has been given a wider variety of objects, and the Usage Panel does not object. In our 2002 survey, 83 percent of the Panel accepted the sentence The party's national convention and its platform were excoriated by a contemptuous press, where the verb acts upon products of human effort.
(third-person singular simple present excoriates, present participle excoriating, simple past and past participle excoriated)