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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To tear or wear off the skin of; abrade. See Synonyms at chafe.
  • transitive v. To censure strongly; denounce: an editorial that excoriated the administration for its inaction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay.
  • v. To strongly denounce or censure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To strip or wear off the skin of; to abrade; to gall; to break and remove the cuticle of, in any manner, as by rubbing, beating, or by the action of acrid substances.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To flay; strip off the skin of.
  • Hence To abrade; gall; break and remove the outer layers of (the skin) in any manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. express strong disapproval of
  • v. tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading

Etymologies

Middle English excoriaten, from Latin excoriāre, excoriāt- : ex-, ex- + corium, skin; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin excoriātus, perfect participle of Latin excoriō ("take the skin or hide off, flay"). from ex ("off") + corium ("hide, skin"). (Wiktionary)

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