1. to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally.
2. to strip off or remove the skin from; to flay.
Etymology: from late Middle English < Late Latin excoriātus (past participle of excoriāre, “to strip, skin”).
Lady in Silk - Albert Rosenthal
Vincent Van Gogh; detail of The Rocks.
Imaginationland. Digital Collage by Julia Mai (Artist on tumblr)
Rama spurns the demon lover.
Warwick Goble, from Indian myth and legend, by Donald Alexander Mackenzie, London, 1913.