Excoriate — a definition

I try to be aware of words I hear that I have never heard or do not know the definition of.

Today, at the monthly Northern Colorado Writers coffee, one such word arose.

One of the members was telling about submitting a piece of his writing to a critique group. He said, jokingly I think, that the group would excoriate the work he was submitting.

I think this may have been a bit harsh based on my experiences with the two writers critique groups that I belong to.

Excoriate means to censure in a scathing manner, to criticize or to berate severely.  An example would to excoriate someone for some bad behavior.

A secondary definition that I hope did not apply to my fellow writers is to damage, strip off or remove skin.


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