V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, adjective

Definition: (v.) 1. to cut or tear in a jagged fashion; 2. to hurt someone's feelings or cause distress; (adj.) 1. having jagged edges

Synonyms: (v.) cut, gash, lance, jag, tear, hurt, mangle, disfigure, (adj.) jagged

Antonyms: (v.) mend, repair, heal

Tips: Lacerate is derived from the Latin lacerare, which means "tear to pieces, mangle." Lacerate means to tear something jaggedly to mangle it, either literally, as with a flesh wound, or figuratively, as with hurt feelings. A laceration is a cut, tear, or injury.

Usage Examples:

Jan's mother was worried that the broken glass might accidentally lacerate one of the children. (cut, hurt) verb

Even though it's considered a weed, the dandelion's lacerate leaves make it beautiful. (jagged) adjective

I'm afraid that another rejection will completely lacerate his self-confidence. (mangle, cut) verb

The sharp knife caused a deep laceration in my finger. (jagged cut, injury) noun

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