1. [ verb ] puncture the skin, as, for example, in some African cultures; for ritual purposes
Related terms: puncture
2. [ verb ] puncture and scar (the skin), as for purposes or tribal identification or rituals

"The men in some African tribes scarify their faces"

Related terms: scar puncture scar
3. [ verb ] scratch the surface of

"scarify seeds"

Related terms: score
4. [ verb ] break up, of soil
Related terms: loosen
Similar spelling:   scurfy