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  • v. Present participle of lacerate.


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  • I wake up most mornings with a new name lacerating my head like a rusty scalpel.

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  • He had a fierce and domineering temper, and indeed out of his strangely bright blue eyes there was already beginning to shine only too ominously the wild light of that _saeva indignatio_ which the inscription drawn up by his own hand for his tomb described as lacerating his heart.

    A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4)

  • If there is rather too much of the _saeva indignatio_, which Swift speaks of as lacerating his heart, it is a nobler and less selfish ire than his, and the language and verse which it inspires are full of the very soul of dignity.

    Poetical Works of Johnson, Parnell, Gray, and Smollett With Memoirs, Critical Dissertations, and Explanatory Notes

  • "What will your beloved London society think of you then, sir," he continued, each sardonic word lacerating Lucy's sore heart, "upon discovering you've allowed your only daughter to become the whore of the notorious Captain Doom?"

    Thief Of Hearts

  • Set almost entirely south of the border, it is a "lacerating" (says the Portland Oregonian) thriller about gang rituals and violence in Mexico grafted to the story of a Honduran teen trying to get to her only family, in New Jersey, making for a tale of


  • "lacerating" stuff would be brought out into the light.

    The Full Feed from

  • Most of all, Bierce offers the pleasure of lacerating wit, felicitously phrased.

    Lacerating Wit, Seasoned Cynic

  • "Another penetrating, emotionally lacerating antiwar fable from a master of the form."

    A Pale Horse by Charles Todd: Book summary

  • "The Daily Show" is 14 years old, mood-swinging between vulgar one-liners about Harriet Tubman's genitals and lacerating stabs at accountability journalism.

    Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' has exploded beyond its humble late-night comedy roots

  • After a dormant period in the first several weeks following infection, the virus erupts into action, causing bouts of severe anxiety, lacerating headaches and backaches, and crippling nausea.

    The Panic Virus


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