excoriation excoriation  /ɛk ˈskɔ ri ˌeɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
  2. (n) severe censure



  1. He'll probably get off, but I've come to believe that a public excoriation of this dreadful man is a necessary cathartic.
  2. Edmund Wilson's excoriation of mystery writers excluded the Marlowe books from unfavorable comment.
  3. It's as if Pauline Kael were to write a book-length excoriation of the Golden Globe Awards.


  • Good Television: Battling to Maintain Integrity on Reality TV

    When Rod McLachlan's smart, passionate play Good Television begins in the offices of Rehabilitation , a cable show that bears a strong resemblance to A&E's Intervention , you may draw a breath, preparing for an excoriation of the very existence of that long-running cautionary s...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Village Voice

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