blis·​ter·​ing | \ ˈbli-st(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of blistering

1 : extremely intense or severe blistering heat
2 : very rapid a blistering pace

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Other Words from blistering

blistering adverb
blisteringly \ ˈbli-​st(ə-​)riŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of blistering in a Sentence

a hockey player with a blistering slap shot even after a blistering attack from the enemy, the fortress held

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A dozen Latin American governments and Canada delivered a blistering rebuke Friday, rejecting the legitimacy of Maduro’s second term and urging him to hand over power as the only path to restoring democracy. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela Supreme Court judge flees to US to protest Maduro," 7 Jan. 2019 Republicans, rather than reaping the rewards of a booming economy, are facing a blistering electoral repudiation. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Republicans are paying the Trump tax," 7 Nov. 2018 No more long hours in the blistering heat or frigid cold with an RV just slightly bigger than an SUV. Fox News, "Big adventures in a smaller RV," 22 Aug. 2018 Its blistering speed, giant-jump racetracks, and shrapnel-spewing four-wheelers impress instantly both in screenshot and hands-on modes. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Onrush game review: Sexy arcade racing in serious need of a tune-up," 5 June 2018 The 23-year-old possesses the ability to break defensive lines with his blistering speed and direct running style from deep, while housing the skill to pick the perfect pass to unlock the opposition from afar., "Naby Keita Sends Warning to Jurgen Klopp & Liverpool Fans as Midfielder Is Sent Off Again," 29 Apr. 2018 But Bertolucci’s greatest achievement is one of his earliest, most influential films — and despite the troubled aspects of his career, its blistering political statement and gorgeous cinematic technique are still worth talking about today. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist still resonates today," 3 Dec. 2018 With 13 goals and 12 assists last season, the 29-year-old is certainly a strong presence in attack, and with blistering pace, Willian has the ability to wreak havoc on defences with ease., "Chelsea Demand €80m for Wantaway Winger Willian Amid Reports of Barcelona Interest," 3 July 2018 Since first joining the Dynamo on loan from C.F. Monterrey in 2016, the Honduran has used his blistering pace to exploit defenses. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo's Alberth Elis named to 2018 MLS All-Star Game," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of blistering

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of blistering

: very harsh or powerful

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