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  • We must excoriate such behavior.
  • Critics excoriated her for voting to raise taxes.
  • Then, later—the day was over, it was dark —I had fallen into a troubled half dream where my dad was excoriating me for screwing up some air travel reservations when I became aware of lights in the hallway, a tiny backlit shadow —Pippa, coming suddenly into the room with stumbling step almost like someone had pushed her, looking doubtfully behind her, saying: "Should I wake him?"
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Louie sat by, listening as his bride was excoriated for marrying him, trying in vain to get her to hang up.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • The corpse of the young lady was much bruised and excoriated.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • The diamonds and rubies seem wet, and make veiled beings in the shadow below weep, their sides bruised with the hair shirt and their iron-tipped scourges, their breasts crushed with wicker hurdles, their knees excoriated with prayer; CHAPTER I. THE CONVENT AS AN ABSTRACT IDEA women who think themselves wives, spectres who think themselves seraphim.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The next morning the excoriation continued.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The mere word was anathema to him, and he stormed back and forth in excoriating condemnation, shaking a piercing finger of rebuke in the guilt-ridden faces of Colonel Cathcart, Colonel Korn and the poor battle-scarred captain with the submachine gun who commanded the M.P.s.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • At every new attempt to look about him the same morbid sensibility to light was manifested, and excoriating tears ran down his cheeks.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • …the more he rubs it so that it looks as if it never could be loosened by any less coercive instrument than an iron rake or a curry-comb—as he rubs, and puffs, and polishes, and blows, turning his head from side to side the more conveniently to excoriate his throat, and standing with his body well bent forward to keep the wet from his martial legs, Phil, on his knees lighting a fire, looks round as if it were enough washing for him to see all that done, and sufficient renovation for one…
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House

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  • Brown, as all knew, had for some time been excoriating the Vice President at every chance.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The provincial judge, seeing that he could get himself in a fix and might wind up on national television excoriated by the leftist press, promptly went on a fishing trip.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • He worked diligently, and he was very pleasant to us, but he excoriated the nearby villagers like Prudence who didn’t take care of themselves and didn’t seek medical attention early enough.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • The next day, the New Haven Express ran a blistering article that excoriated Tappan for his "inhuman actions of dismembering what appeared to all present was a supportive family and genuinely safe home."
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • The threat, they knew, was preposterous, but the white judicial face, the thoughtful pursing of the lips, and the right hand, which she held loosely clenched, like a man’s, with the forefinger extended, emphasizing her proclamation with a calm, but somehow powerful gesture, froze them with a terror no amount of fierce excoriation could have produced.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • But if they gave him 130 or fewer pounds, they risked the ire of rival horsemen and the excoriation of journalists.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Howard, uncomfortable with Smith’s excoriation of Workman, made a point of praising the jockey to reporters.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Perhaps Riddle felt the sting of his public excoriation.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Adams was inevitably excoriated as a monarchist, more British than American, and therefore a bad man.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Other villagers excoriated the women who made the announcement as unfeminine and un-African and accused them of taking money from white people to betray their Bambara ethnic group.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • In almost daily attacks in the Aurora, Adams was belittled as "The President by Three Votes," mocked again as "His Rotundity," excoriated as a base hypocrite, a tool of the British, "a man divested of his senses."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • …of Rome, where he was wounded in the eye by a flower fired at him from close range by a seedy, cackling, intoxicated old man, who, like Satan himself, had then bounded up on Major — de Coverley’s car with malicious glee, seized him roughly and contemptuously by his venerable white head and kissed him mockingly on each cheek with a mouth reeking with sour fumes of wine, cheese and garlic, before dropping back into the joyous celebrating throngs with a hollow, dry, excoriating laugh.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
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