Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In surgery, to scratch or make superficial incisions in: as, to scarify the gums.
  • To stir up and prepare for sowing or planting by means of a scarifier: as, to scarify the soil.
  • Figuratively, to harrow or rasp, as the feelings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To scratch or cut the skin of; esp. (Med.), to make small incisions in, by means of a lancet or scarificator, so as to draw blood from the smaller vessels without opening a large vein.
  • transitive verb (Agric.) To stir the surface soil of, as a field.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To scar.
  • verb Denude, or lay waste to.
  • verb horticulture To remove thatch (build-up of organic matter on the soil) from a lawn, to de-thatch.

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

  • verb break up
  • verb scratch the surface of
  • verb puncture and scar (the skin), as for purposes or tribal identification or rituals

Etymologies

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Examples

  • I first learned about cassowaries when I was at the School for Field Studies SFS Center for Rainforest Studies in Fall of 1990 as a college student, and was fascinated that they're the only bird that can "scarify" certain rainforest seeds.

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  • I first learned about cassowaries when I was at the School for Field Studies SFS Center for Rainforest Studies in Fall of 1990 as a college student, and was fascinated that they're the only bird that can "scarify" certain rainforest seeds.

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  • Bledri ap Rhys had come to Saint Asaph intending mischief, threatening mischief, and the cost had fallen on his own head, but the echoes would spread outward like ripples from a stone flung into a pool, and scarify the lives of all here until murder was paid for.

    His Disposition

  • I really do not understand how senator Hillary can say she is for the people when she is coming with this when the result is to save $ 30.00 per diver you have to scarify 3000, 0000 jobs.

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  • What struck me most, after this long passage of time, is what we deem “permissible” on the screen today: We can — with impunity — rape, skewer, torture, vilify, scarify, plunge fangs into carotid arteries, sodomize…women can reveal frontal nudity within a half-inch of genitalia; men can stand frontally nude with only a hand cupped over the thingy…but only frontal.

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  • It's one thing to poke fun at a badly rendered tattoo, but quite another to say that it is stupid to tattoo, pierce, or scarify your body.

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  • Bill Clinton, similarly, knew the power of charm and was not, IIRC, one to try to scarify opponents verbally in public.

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  • They are poor, numerous, and pregnant; if they work, it is to little purpose; their religions span a simple spectrum from witchcraft to wrath, and their societies alternate between tyranny and chaos; they beat their wives, scarify their daughters, and occasionally eat their enemies; they have never read (if they can read) a book that was not holy, or heard a piece of music unrelated to copulation.

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  • It is very dangerous to cut off or scarify enlarged uvulae while they and red and large, for inflammations and hemorrhages supervene; but one should try to reduce such swellings by some other means at this season.

    The Book Of Prognostics

  • But blood is to be abstracted, especially the from the veins, which are the seat of the influx, if they be conspicuous; but if not, deeper and more numerous scarifications are to be made in the swellings; and whatever part you scarify, this is to be done with the sharpest and most slender instruments of iron.

    On Ulcers

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