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English definition of “excoriate”

excoriate

verb [T] uk   /ekˈskɔː.ri.eɪt/ us    /-ˈskɔːr.i-/ formal
to write or say that a play, book, political action, etc. is very bad: His latest novel received excoriating reviews. The president excoriated the Western press for their biased views.
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