scathe


1scathe

noun \ˈskāth, ˈskāth\

Definition of SCATHE

:  harm, injury
scathe·less \-ləs\ adjective

Origin of SCATHE

Middle English skathe, from Old Norse skathi; akin to Old English sceatha injury, Greek askēthēs unharmed
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with SCATHE

2scathe

transitive verb \ˈskāth\
scathedscath·ing

Definition of SCATHE

1
:  to do harm to; specifically :  scorch, sear
2
:  to assail with withering denunciation

Examples of SCATHE

  1. <newspaper cartoonists scathed the lecherous governor with a series of cruel caricatures>

First Known Use of SCATHE

13th century

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