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Definition of scarify:

  1. To scratch or cut the skin of; esp. ( Med.), to make small incisions in, by means of a lancet or scarificator, so as to draw blood from the smaller vessels without opening a large vein.
  2. To stir the surface soil of, as a field.


horrify, panic, put someone on the hot seat, spook, shock, terrify, alarm, blister, crawl all over, rip into, slap, drub, scare, read the riot act to, excoriate, startle, scourge, puncture, praise, rake over the coals, roast, score, slam, put someone on the griddle, affright, terrorize, fright.

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