Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of excoriating or flaying
  • n. The excoriated place or the state of being excoriated, or stripped of the skin; abrasion.
  • n. Severe verbal denouncing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of excoriating or flaying, or state of being excoriated, or stripped of the skin; abrasion.
  • n. Stripping of possession; spoliation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of flaying; the operation of stripping off the skin.
  • n. Hence The act or process of abrading or galling; especially, a breaking or removal of the outer layers of the skin.
  • n. An abraded, galled, or broken surface of the skin.
  • n. . The act of stripping of possessions; spoliation; robbery.

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

  • n. severe censure
  • n. an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off

Etymologies

See "excoriate" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They will also suffer excoriation from the Repugs, who will say, "See, we knew your bill wouldn't make anything better," when in actuality, it will be the bill the Repugs wanted, i.e., the one without a public option.

    Public option pullback?

  • In the next issue of my magazine, National Review, I published a 5,000-word excoriation of Welch:

    Goldwater, the John Birch Society and Me

  • Only twelve years ago I wrote about “one of those little episodes in the relations between nations that illustrates the nature of alliances,” and in came that little blue note from Buckley expressing dismay with his customary one-word excoriation.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • “I have had several letters,” he wrote to Professor Edwin Mims, of Trinity College, North Carolina, “about an 'excoriation' (Great Heavens!

    The Life and Letters of Walter H Page

  • Since he's telling the truth I expect a full excoriation treatment from the Limbaugh/Hannity wing and their mouthpiece Michael Steele.

    Voinovich: The GOP's 'being taken over by Southerners'

  • Bush 43 was on the receiving end of eight years of lies, insults, and verbal excoriation delivered by the MSM.

    President Obama concedes loss of House in 2010. | RedState

  • Nichol launched into a passionate excoriation of the Republican social agenda that targets: gays; women; students; middle class families; teachers; professors and Medicaid recipients while, "denying thousands of others the right to vote."

    Michael Carmichael: Battleground North Carolina: Democratic Women Fired Up!

  • And each politician has to decide for himself whether or not his offenses are serious enough to merit resignation, and whether or not he can withstand the media scrutiny and public excoriation that may haunt him throughout the remainder of his term and during a re-election campaign.

    Andy Ostroy: Time to Tuck Weiner Back Into the Nation's Pants and Move On

  • He was unrelenting in his support for the Palestinian cause and his excoriation of America's projections of power in Asia and Latin America.

    Christopher Hitchens obituary

  • It ignores the willingness of the U.S. to join in public excoriation of the Jewish state and to emphasize that the U.S. and Israel can be separated diplomatically with very little effort.

    The U.N. veto and the real headline

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