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: very harsh or severe

Full Definition of SCATHING

:  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>

First Known Use of SCATHING


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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