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Verb: excoriate  ek'sko-ree,eyt or ik'sko-ree,eyt
  1. Express strong disapproval of
    "We excoriate the racism in South Africa";
    - condemn, reprobate, decry, objurgate
     
  2. Tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
    "This leash excoriates the dog's neck";
    - chafe

Derived forms: excoriating, excoriates, excoriated

Type of: abrade, abrase, corrade, denounce, rub down, rub off

Encyclopedia: Excoriate