Definition of


  1. (verb, contact) cut or tear irregularly
  2. (verb, emotion) deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
  3. (adj, all) irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn
  4. (adj, all) having edges that are jagged from injury

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Synonyms of Lacerate

lacerated, mangled, torn

Alternate forms of Lacerate

Derivations: laceration

Hypernyms: bruise, bust, hurt, injure, offend, rupture, snap, spite, tear, wound

Origin of the word Lacerate

  1. 1590s, from L. laceratus, pp. of lacerare "tear to pieces, mangle," from lacer "torn, mangled," from PIE base *leq- "to rend" (cf. Gk. lakis "tatter, rag," lakizein "to tear to pieces;" Rus. lochma "rag, tatter, scrap;" Albanian lakur "naked"). Related: Lacerated; lacerating. more

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