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ex·co·ri·ate

(eks-kō'rē-āt),
To scratch or otherwise strip off the skin by physical means.

excoriate

(ĭk-skôr′ē-āt′)
tr.v. excori·ated, excori·ating, excori·ates
1.
a. To censure strongly; denounce: "preparing to excoriate him for his insufficient preparations" (Neil Bascomb).
b. To criticize (something) harshly: "After excoriating the vapid culture of movie-star worship ... he's ended up at that trough" (Maureen Dowd).
2. To tear, scrape, or wear off (the skin).

ex·co′ri·a′tion n.
ex·co′ri·a′tor n.

ex·co·ri·ate

(eks-kōr'ē-āt)
To scratch or otherwise denude the skin by physical means.
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The first tale here, "Une certaine realite," for example, is far more excoriating in the vividness of its horrific brutality than anything Kafka or Borges could have dreamed up.
They might pause if they saw the segment of her show excerpted on "Buying the War," Bill Moyers's excoriating documentary on the performance of the American media during the months prior to the invasion of Iraq.
THE language is not for the faint-hearted, but the off-the-wall humour and the seemingly endless supply of one-liners, delivered by a company of unfailing talent, ensures that Ben Elton's excoriating look at society's self-serving values gets the airing it deserves.
Khalid Al-Zaaq -- also member of the Arab Federation for Space Science -- told the Saudi newspaper (Al-Watan) yesterday that the sun is expected to reach its highest point and exude much heat from its core irradiating the entire earth with excoriating heat during 13-day long, windy and dusty (twaybi')summery season which is considered this year one of the hottest and overheated over the next sixty days in which temperature is expected to reach 50C in shaded locations and 70 C in open places under direct sunlight especially on white surfaces, desert sands, black and solid mountainous terrain meanwhile the temperature stays in the range between 50 AC to 60 AC as usual on earth surface.
War good for economy: The web has been filled with blogs in recent days excoriating or praising Washington Post columnist David Broder (photo) for proposing that President Obama launch a military attack on Iran.
Mr Cameron launched an excoriating personal assault on the Prime Minister's ego.
Painting the forthcoming battle as a choice between himself and Mr Brown, Mr Cameron launched an excoriating Cameron personal assault on the Prime Minister's "bossiness" and inflated ego.
Wrinkling his face up so hard that it looked in danger of turing inside out, he laid into each and every single molecule of modern-day Italy, excoriating them for not being a patch on the sort of molecules you used to get back in Vasari's day.
Monsignor Bruce Kent (Letters, August 2008) is right to identify Nicholson Baker's book Human Smoke as a pacifist tract, which it undoubtedly is, but quite wrong to criticize William Rubinstein's superb review (July 2008) for excoriating it.
But listening to a recorded excerpt on Radio 4 from a speech excoriating the EU last week, no true blue British Brussels disbeliever could possibly doubt the power, truth and sincerity of his utterances on that most contentious issue.
Distinguished by its analytical approach and revelatory testimony from Sandusky's adopted and abused son, Matt, this nuanced but quietly excoriating work merits widespread distribution, and could be especially well timed to coincide with the still-ongoing court proceedings against three former university administrators.
Interesting to note that at pretty close to the speed of sound NHGOP chair Jennifer Horn issued a press release/statement excoriating PS for his remarks.