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Lacerate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    lacerate adj
  1. irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn; "lacerate leaves"
  2. having edges that are jagged from injury [syn: lacerated, mangled, torn] v
  3. cut or tear irregularly
  4. deeply hurt the feelings of; distress; "his lacerating remarks"
Lacerate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Lacerate \Lac"er*ate\, Lacerated \Lac"er*a`ted\, p. a. [L. laceratus, p. p.]
  1. Rent; torn; mangled; as, a lacerated wound. By each other's fury lacerate --Southey.
  2. (Bot. & Zo["o]l.) Jagged, or slashed irregularly, at the end, or along the edge.
Lacerate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Lacerate \Lac"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lacerated; p. pr. & vb. n. Lacerating (?>).] [L. laceratus, p. p. of lacerare to lacerate, fr. lacer mangled, lacerated; cf. Gr. ? a rent, rending, ? to tear; perh. akin to E. slay.] To tear; to rend; to separate by tearing; to mangle; as, to lacerate the flesh. Hence: To afflict; to torture; as, to lacerate the heart.
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