Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

scorched–earth

play
adjective \ˈskȯrcht-ˈərth\

Simple Definition of scorched–earth

  • —used to describe a military policy in which all the houses, crops, factories, etc., in an area are destroyed so that an enemy cannot use them

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scorched–earth

  1. 1 :  relating to or being a military policy involving deliberate and usually widespread destruction of property and resources (as housing and factories) so that an invading enemy cannot use them

  2. 2 :  directed toward victory or supremacy at all costs :  ruthless <scorched–earth rhetoric>

1937

First Known Use of scorched–earth

1937


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up scorched–earth? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to eat gluttonously or ravenously

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

oily angry prompt maudlin
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ