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ex•co•ri•ate (ik-skôr'E-At", -skOr'-), —v. 1. to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally: He was excoriated for his mistakes. 2. to strip off or remove the skin from: Her palms were excoriated by the hard labor of shoveling.
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