- Lacerate is defined as tear up or wound.
An example of lacerate is to make someone bleed with a whip.
transitive verblacerated, lacerating
- to tear jaggedly; mangle (something soft, as flesh)
- to wound or hurt (someone's feelings, etc.) deeply; distress
Origin of lacerate; from Classical Latin laceratus, past participle of lacerare, to tear ; from lacer, lacerated ; from Indo-European base an unverified form lēk-, to tear from source Classical Greek lakis, a tatter
- torn; mangled
- Bot. having jagged edges
transitive verblac·er·at·ed, lac·er·at·ing, lac·er·ates
- To rip, cut, or tear.
- To cause deep emotional pain to; distress.
- Torn; mangled.
- Having jagged, deeply cut edges: lacerate leaves.
Origin of lacerateMiddle English laceraten, from Latin lacerāre, lacerāt-, from lacer, torn.
(third-person singular simple present lacerates, present participle lacerating, simple past and past participle lacerated)
From Middle English laceraten, from Latin lacerātus, past participle of lacerō.