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scathing

adjective

Simple Definition of scathing

  • : very harsh or severe

Full Definition of scathing

  1. :  bitterly severe <a scathing condemnation>

scathingly adverb

Examples of scathing

  1. a scathing review of the book

  2. <a scathing rebuttal of the latest theory concerning the assassination>



1794

First Known Use of scathing

1794

Synonym Discussion of scathing

caustic, mordant, acrid, scathing mean stingingly incisive. caustic suggests a biting wit <caustic comments>. mordant suggests a wit that is used with deadly effectiveness <mordant reviews of the play>. acrid implies bitterness and often malevolence <acrid invective>. scathing implies indignant attacks delivered with fierce severity <a scathing satire>.


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