lacerate


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lacerate

[′las·ə‚rāt]
(medicine)
To inflict a wound by tearing.
References in classic literature ?
It stiffened spasmodically, twitched and was still, yet the bulls continued to lacerate it until the beautiful coat was torn to shreds.
No new calamity shall lacerate your sensibilities--sensibilities precious to me as my own.
Still, even if the occasion weren't already momentous, Stone would be worth seeing all on his own: His work is smart, literate and often funny, and he's blessed with a sharp tongue that can lacerate just about any subject, even himself.