I. transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle English scarifien, from Middle French scarefier, from Late Latin scarificare, alteration of Latin scarifare, from Greek skariphasthai to scratch an outline, sketch — more at scribe Date: 14th century 1. to make scratches or small cuts in (as the skin) <
scarify an area for vaccination
2. to lacerate the feelings of 3. to break up, loosen, or roughen the surface of (as a field or road) 4. to cut or soften the wall of (a hard seed) to hasten germination • scarifier noun II. transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Date: 1785 scare, frightenscarifyingly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Scarify — Scar i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scarified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scarifying}.] [F. scarifier, L. scarificare, scarifare, fr. Gr. ? to scratch up, fr. ? a pointed instrument.] 1. To scratch or cut the skin of; esp. (Med.), to make small incisions in,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scarify — index lash (attack verbally) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • scarify — (v.) 1540s, cover witch scratches, from Fr. scarifier (14c.), from L.L. scarificare (see SCARIFICATION (Cf. scarification)). The sense cover with scars (1680s) is a sense shift from influence of SCAR (Cf. scar) …   Etymology dictionary

  • scarify — [skar′ə fī΄] vt. scarified, scarifying [MFr scarifier < LL scarificare, altered < L scarifare < Gr skariphasthai, to scratch an outline, sketch < skariphos, pencil, stylus, akin to L scribere, to write: see SCRIBE] 1. to make a series …   English World dictionary

  • scarify — To produce scarification. * * * scar·i·fy skar ə .fī, sker vt, fied; fy·ing to make scratches or small cuts in (as the skin) <scarify an area for vaccination> …   Medical dictionary

  • scarify — scarifier, n. /skar euh fuy /, v.t., scarified, scarifying. 1. to make scratches or superficial incisions in (the skin, a wound, etc.), as in vaccination. 2. to lacerate by severe criticism. 3. to loosen (the soil) with a type of cultivator. 4.… …   Universalium

  • scarify — verb /ˈskæˌɹɪ.faɪ/ To remove thatch (build up of organic matter on the soil) from a lawn, to de thatch …   Wiktionary

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