Scarify Definition

scarified, scarifies, scarifying
To make a series of small, superficial incisions or punctures in (the skin), as in surgery.
Webster's New World
To criticize sharply; make cutting remarks to or about.
Webster's New World
To create a design on (the skin) by means of shallow cuts that are sometimes rubbed with a colorant or irritant to enhance the resulting scar tissue.
American Heritage
To loosen or stir (the topsoil)
Webster's New World
To distress deeply, as with severe criticism; lacerate.
American Heritage

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

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