[las-uh-rey-tid] /ˈlæs əˌreɪ tɪd/

mangled; jagged; torn.
pained; wounded; tortured:
lacerated sensibilities.
Botany, Zoology. having the edge variously cut as if torn into irregular segments, as a leaf.
[verb las-uh-reyt; adjective las-uh-reyt, -er-it] /verb ˈlæs əˌreɪt; adjective ˈlæs əˌreɪt, -ər ɪt/
verb (used with object), lacerated, lacerating.
to tear roughly; mangle:
The barbed wire lacerated his hands.
to distress or torture mentally or emotionally; wound deeply; pain greatly:
His bitter criticism lacerated my heart.
verb (transitive) (ˈlæsəˌreɪt)
to tear (the flesh, etc) jaggedly
to hurt or harrow (the feelings, etc)
adjective (ˈlæsəˌreɪt; -rɪt)
having edges that are jagged or torn; lacerated: lacerate leaves

early 15c., from Latin laceratus, past participle of lacerare “tear to pieces, mangle,” figuratively, “to slander, censure, abuse,” from lacer “torn, mangled,” from PIE root *lek- “to rend, tear” (cf. Greek lakis “tatter, rag,” lakizein “to tear to pieces;” Russian lochma “rag, tatter, scrap;” Albanian l’akur “naked”). Related: Lacerated; lacerating.

lacerated adj.
Cut or wounded in a jagged manner.

lacerate lac·er·ate (lās’ə-rāt’)
v. lac·er·at·ed, lac·er·at·ing, lac·er·ates
To rip, cut, or tear. adj. (-rĭt, -rāt’)


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