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excoriate

ex·co·ri·ate

excoriate

 
pronunciation:
ihk sko ri eIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: excoriated, excoriates, excoriating
definition 1: to denounce or criticize severely.
The student was excoriated for his actions, but he was not expelled from the university.
similar words:
abuse, chastise, run down, scorch, score
definition 2: to abrade or tear away the skin of.
similar words:
skin
derivation: excoriation (n.)