- censure or criticize severely:
“the papers that had been excoriating him were now lauding him”
“He was excoriated as a racist.”
“The candidates have publicly excoriated each other throughout the campaign.”
abuse, assail, bash, belabor, blast, castigate, attack, jump (on), lambaste (or lambast), potshot, savage, scathe, slam, trash, vituperate
[near antonyms] acclaim, commend, compliment, hail, laud, praise
- damage or remove part of the surface of (the skin).
abrade · rub away · rub raw · scrape · scratch · chafe · strip away · skin
Excoriate, which first appeared in English in the 15th century, comes from “excoriatus,” the past participle of the Late Latin verb excoriare, meaning “to strip off the hide.” “Excoriare” was itself formed from a pairing of the Latin prefix ex-, meaning “out,” and corium, meaning “skin” or “hide” or “leather.” “Corium” has several other descendants in English. One is “cuirass,” a name for a piece of armor that covers the body from neck to waist (or something, such as bony plates covering an animal, that resembles such armor). Another is “corium” itself, which is sometimes used as a synonym of “dermis” (the inner layer of human skin).
late Middle English: from Latin excoriat- ‘skinned,’ from the verb excoriare, from ex- ‘out, from’ + corium ‘skin, hide.’
Middle English, from Late Latin excoriatus, past participle of excoriare, from Latin ex- + corium skin, hide — more at cuirass
First Known Use: 15th century