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.