verb (used with object), lac·er·at·ed, lac·er·at·ing.
- 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 (ˈlæsəˌreɪt) (tr)
- to tear (the flesh, etc) jaggedly
- to hurt or harrow (the feelings, etc)
adjective (ˈlæsəˌreɪt, -rɪt)
- having edges that are jagged or torn; laceratedlacerate leaves
v.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. v.
- To rip, cut, or tear.
- Torn; mangled.