The verb lacerate means to cut or tear. So the envelope that gave you that nasty paper cut? It lacerated your finger.

Something usually needs to be sharp or jagged to lacerate you, like broken glass or a sharp stick. You won't be getting lacerated anytime soon by lace or cotton balls, that's for sure. But watch out for sharp-tongued people hurling hateful words your way; those snide remarks and personal digs can lacerate feelings like a knife slicing through butter.

Definitions of lacerate
  1. verb
    cut or tear irregularly
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    type of:
    bust, rupture, snap, tear
    separate or cause to separate abruptly
  2. verb
    deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
    “his lacerating remarks”
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    type of:
    bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
    hurt the feelings of
  3. adjective
    irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn
    lacerate leaves”
    synonyms: lacerated
    of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
  4. adjective
    having edges that are jagged from injury
    synonyms: lacerated, mangled, torn
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