Cicatrix:  1.  a scar.  2.  a mark resembling a scar.

How do you use cicatrix in a sentence?
It was when he reached high that I saw the scar, a deep, ragged cicatrix from above the elbow to the wrist. Sibility was very distinct in it, and its parietes were so thinned by distension that at the site of the cicatrix the skin was not thicker than a bladder.
Synonyms:  mark, maim, keloid, blemish, prepuce, deface, disfigurement, injury, emotional injury, hurt, damage, loss, flaw, imperfection, scab, scratch, gash, suture, crack …. something we all have whether you can see it or not.
“Emotional scars run deeper than the Nile and often lie lurking behind a smile.”- Khang Kijarro Nguyen
I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn’t be our style. Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever. It’s been an honor sharing the field of battle with you.  ~~ Keanu Reeves as Shane Falco in The Replacements 2000
I used to play a game called scar one-upmanship with my sailor friends.  If you see a visible scar on someone, you ask what happened.  Once they tell you what happened, you proudly boast.. “Oh yeah? Well take a look at this.” and you show them your equal or more damaged evidence of injury.  You are required to give details of what exactly happened.  You go back and forth until you run out of tales to tell.

From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, “I survived.”  ~~Craig Scott    ________________________________________________________

Another version of this game is called, “Tell me the story of your scars.”  It is a little more empathetic and less of a competition.  However, it is a great way to really get to know someone and how they became the person they became.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.  ~~Khalil Gibran


It is also a way to create an even playing field. Yes, slightly morbid, but it takes all of the secrets and shames that have been hidden and lays them bare on a table.  It shows that, despite your scars, or my own, we are equal.  We have all fallen at some point in our lives.  We have all been cracked, shattered, broken, devastated and/or destroyed.
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you…. ~~~ Nat King Cole
If everyone did not have them, why are there so many artists with scars as part of their title or songs written about scars?
So many scarred stories represented in movies? Below was beautifully represented by another blog:
Tony Montana: It’s inevitable that a character nicknamed  ‘Scarface’ will make this list. tonyTony is blasé about his scar, laughing it off, attributing it to his youth but never getting specific. It’s obviously a reminder of the past he left behind, and it’s a focal point to his enemies, something that makes him look scary and intimidating, perhaps warning them that he’s capable of violence. But in true Tony spirit, he addresses his scar only thusly: “You should see the other kid; you can’t recognize him.” I bet that’s true.
The Joker: I suppose there are probably dozens of back stories as to how The Joker got his scars, but I love how Chris Nolan approaches them in The Dark Knight. The Joker himself tells several vastly different tales involving their provenance, which reveals nothing about their true nature, but tonnes about his sanity. The way he accents the scars with makeup makes us think he’s proud of them. He wants them to be noticed. Perhaps he wants us to believe they’re self-inflicted. Perhaps they are.
20110713_scars-1-harrypotter.nocrop.w375.h670Harry Potter: Harry got his distinctive lightning-bolt scar in a failed murder attempt, when Lord Voldemort put a killing curse on him (his mother’s sacrifice saved him from death, but he would bear the mark of the attack). The scar is legendary among the magic set, and it tingles whenever the Dark Lord is near. It wasn’t just a warning system, but a link to what Voldemort was thinking and feeling – actually a small piece of his soul, yearning to escape. Which is pretty crazy.
Edward Scissorhands: Edward’s face (and not just his face) is covered with fine scars, 350191
the obvious result of learning the hard way how to live with scissors for hands. They aren’t terrible to look at, and actually give him a sympathetic look, reminding us of his hardships. Since the movie skewers conformity, Edward’s scars are just another thing that set him apart.
Marv: Sin City’s Marv is supposed to be too “ugly” to attract the opposite sex, which is why his relationship with Nancy is so pure and good, and highly cherished by him.
Scar: In Lion King, Mustafa’s brother is marked for evil by eye-skimming scar that leaves him disfigured. The movie doesn’t tell us how he got it, but we do know he’s defined by it, bearing its nickname.
Gill: Gill has terrible scarring to his face and fins after an escape attempt left him badly wounded by dental tools. Voiced by Willem Dafoe, Finding Nemo’s Gill seems dark and brooding because of his scars, but we come to understand that they’re a symbol of his fight for freedom, and what the fish are willing to risk in order to be free.
Inigo Montoya: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” A mysterious man with 6 fingers attacked Inigo’s father, and presumably Inigo’s scar is from that same fight. His greatest wish is to avenge his father’s death, and he spends much of The Princess Bride pursuing the man who left so many scars in his wake.
Darth Vader: Vader’s scars represent his turn from annoying emo brat to pure evil. As main-qimg-b22185b5f56500fa08f9e8b3a426e005-c.jpgthe ghost of Obi-Wan tells Luke: “When your father clawed his way out of that fiery pool, the change had been burned into him forever – he was Darth Vader, without a trace of Anakin Skywalker. Irredeemably dark. Scarred.”


“I don’t want to die without any scars.” ~~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Scars: Healing Is Not Linear; The Strength In Our Scars; Unbounded; Deep scars; Tears of My ScarsRonovan Writes; Salt In The Wound – A Quadrille; SCARS; dualdrew; sleeping scars; Creative Chic; Some Scars; Scars of the Past; The Art of Apology

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