Excoriate vs Expostulate - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between excoriate and expostulate
is that excoriate
is to wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay while expostulate
is to protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct.
To wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay.
To strongly denounce or censure.
* 2004 , , Iron Council , 2005 Trade paperback ed., ISBN 0-345-45842-7. p. 464:
* 2006 , Patrick Healy "
- Madeleina di Farja had described Ori, and Cutter had envisaged an angry, frantic, pugnacious boy eager to fight, excoriating his comrades for supposed quiescence.
Spitzer and Clinton Win in N.Y. Primary," New York Times , 13 Sep. (retrieved 7 Oct. 2008):
- Mr. Green, a former city public advocate and candidate for mayor in 2001, ran ads excoriating Mr. Cuomo’s ethics.
* (to wear off the skin of) abrade, chafe, flay
* (to strongly denounce or censure) condemn, disparage, reprobate, tear a strip off
To protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct.
- Men expostulate with erring friends; they bring accusations against enemies who have done them a wrong.
* 1843 , '', book 2, ch. XI, ''The Abbot’s Ways
- The tears would run plentifully down my face when I made these reflections; and sometimes I would expostulate with myself why Providence should thus completely ruin His creatures, and render them so absolutely miserable; so without help, abandoned, so entirely depressed, that it could hardly be rational to be thankful for such a life.
- […] he affectionately loved many persons to whom he never or hardly ever shewed a countenance of love. Once on my venturing to expostulate with him on the subject, he reminded me of Solomon: “Many sons I have; it is not fit that I should smile on them.”