Scarify meaning

skăr'ə-fī'
To break up the surface of (topsoil or pavement).
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To distress deeply, as with severe criticism; lacerate.
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To slit or soften the outer coat of (seeds) in order to speed germination.
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To scare.
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To make a series of small, superficial incisions or punctures in (the skin), as in surgery.
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To criticize sharply; make cutting remarks to or about.
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To frighten.

A scarifying experience.

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To slit or soften the outer coat of seeds in order to speed germination.
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(horticulture) To remove thatch (build-up of organic matter on the soil) from a lawn, to dethatch.
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Origin of scarify

  • Middle English scarifien from Old French scarifier from Late Latin scarīficāre alteration of Latin scarīfāre from Greek skarīphāsthai to sketch, scratch from skarīphos pencil, stylus skrībh- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition