lacerate VERB tear or deeply cut (the flesh or skin).
DERIVATIVES laceration noun.
ORIGIN Latin lacerare, from lacer 'torn' .

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  • Lacerate — Lac er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lacerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lacerating}.] [L. laceratus, p. p. of lacerare to lacerate, fr. lacer mangled, lacerated; cf. Gr. ? a rent, rending, ? to tear; perh. akin to E. slay.] To tear; to rend; to separate by …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lacerate — Lac er*ate, Lacerated Lac er*a ted, p. a. [L. laceratus, p. p.] 1. Rent; torn; mangled; as, a lacerated wound. [1913 Webster] By each other s fury lacerate Southey. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot. & Zo[ o]l.) Jagged, or slashed irregularly, at the end,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lacerate — index damage, harrow, lancinate, mutilate, rend, sever Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lacerate — (v.) early 15c., from L. laceratus, pp. of lacerare tear to pieces, mangle, figuratively, to slander, censure, abuse, from lacer torn, mangled, from PIE root *lek to rend, tear (Cf. Gk. lakis tatter, rag, lakizein to tear to pieces; Rus. lochma… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lacerate — [v] tear, cut; wound claw, gash, harm, hurt, injure, jag, lance, maim, mangle, mutilate, puncture, rend, rip, score, serrate, slash, stab, torment, torture; concepts 137,176,214,220,246 …   New thesaurus

  • lacerate — [las′ər āt΄; ] for adj. [, las′ərit, las′ərāt΄] vt. lacerated, lacerating [< L laceratus, pp. of lacerare, to tear < lacer, lacerated < IE base * lēk , to tear > Gr lakis, a tatter] 1. to tear jaggedly; mangle (something soft, as… …   English World dictionary

  • lacerate — UK [ˈlæsəreɪt] / US [ˈlæsəˌreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms lacerate : present tense I/you/we/they lacerate he/she/it lacerates present participle lacerating past tense lacerated past participle lacerated formal to make a deep cut in someone s… …   English dictionary

  • lacerate — verb (t) /ˈlæsəreɪt / (say lasuhrayt) (lacerated, lacerating) 1. to tear roughly; mangle: to lacerate the flesh. 2. to hurt: to lacerate a person s feelings. –adjective /ˈlæsəreɪt / (say lasuhrayt), / rət/ (say ruht) 3. lacerated. {Latin… …  

  • lacerate — I. transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin laceratus, past participle of lacerare to tear; akin to Greek lakis tear Date: 15th century 1. to tear or rend roughly ; wound jaggedly 2. to cause sharp mental or emotional… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lacerate — lacerable, adj. lacerability /las euhr euh bil i tee/, n. lacerative /las euh ray tiv, euhr euh tiv/, adj. v. /las euh rayt /; adj. /las euh rayt , euhr it/, v., lacerated, lacerating, adj. v.t. 1. to tear roughly; mangle: The barbed wire… …   Universalium

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