Lacerate Lac"er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lacerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lacerating}.] [L. laceratus, p. p. of lacerare to lacerate, fr. lacer mangled, lacerated; cf. Gr. ? a rent, rending, ? to tear; perh. akin to E. slay.] To tear; to rend; to separate by tearing; to mangle; as, to lacerate the flesh. Hence: To afflict; to torture; as, to lacerate the heart. [1913 Webster]

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