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Meaning of lacerate

lac•er•ate

Pronunciation: (v.las'u-rāt"adj.las'u-rāt", -ur-it), [key]
— v., adj. -at•ed, -at•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to tear roughly; mangle: The barbed wire lacerated his hands.
  2. to distress or torture mentally or emotionally; wound deeply; pain greatly: His bitter criticism lacerated my heart.
—adj.
  1. lacerated.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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