Etymology
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scarification (n.)

late 14c., scarificacioun, "the making of shallow or superficial incisions in the body to drain blood," c. 1400, "act of covering with scratches or slight cuts," from Old French scarification (14c.), from Late Latin scarificationem (nominative scarificatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of scarificare, altered from Latin scarifare "scratch open," from Greek skariphasthai "to scratch an outline, sketch," from skariphos "pencil, stylus" (from PIE root *skribh- "to cut, separate, sift"). By 1540s as "incisions made by scarifying."

updated on January 19, 2022

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