Back in tenth grade or so, when my nose was constantly buried in books of SAT vocabulary, I was stunned by just how many grand-sounding synonyms there are for criticize, denounce, and reproach.
This word has Latin roots that mean "to strip off the hide or skin."
"The most powerful moment in Nassar’s court proceedings came in the form of his victims’ blistering confrontation of the man who had gotten away with so much for so long. Woman after woman rose in a Michigan courtroom to excoriate the disgraced physician."
Explain the meaning of "excoriate" without saying "flay" or "tear into."
Often, we're our own harshest critics: "He excoriated himself for losing the game;" "She excoriated herself for making such a stupid error."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. One opposite of EXCORIATING is
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