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
So perhaps the best advice for those who want to justify this or claim that others are being too militant and yes, some are likely being too pushy and thus come across as being little more than mirror images of those they want to excoriate is to just stop settling and just continue exploring.
It is completely illogical to assume that being ashamed and having your school "excoriate" you will be motivational in any way.
"excoriate" the UN's peacekeeping mission in Congo.
We excoriate President Obama because we expect more from him.
There are responsibilities to be avoided, party menus to plan, businessmen to excoriate - which leaves precious little time for golf, FYI.
But I suspect most pro-life people would willingly swap the lives of the babies for the insensitivity: feel free to excoriate us but don't sign the executive order at all.
If all the clowns who excoriate Keynes just because some ignorant dogmatist told them to, would actually go read the General Theory (which is exceptionally lucidly written), perhaps they might begin to understand why.
What entertains me even more are comments like Will's above, that excoriate people for having a mixed or nuanced opinion of a film.
I find it rather funny that you racists know they are catholic but excoriate them as godless heathens anyways.
Ben Franklin would excoriate them with savage wit,