Meaning of LACERATE in English


I. ˈla-sə-ˌrāt transitive verb

( -at·ed ; -at·ing )

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 pain to : distress

• lac·er·a·tive -ˌrā-tiv adjective

II. -rət, -ˌrāt adjective

or lac·er·at·ed -ˌrā-təd

Date: 1542


a. : torn jaggedly : mangled

b. : extremely harrowed or distracted

2. : having the edges deeply and irregularly cut

a lacerate petal

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