scath·​ing | \ ˈskā-ṯẖiŋ How to pronounce scathing (audio) \

Definition of scathing

: bitterly severe a scathing condemnation

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Other Words from scathing

scathingly adverb

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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

Examples of scathing in a Sentence

a scathing review of the book a scathing rebuttal of the latest theory concerning the assassination

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But a new scathing report from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology (CPT) discusses how the law enforcement across the country uses—and consistently abuses–facial recognition. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Report: U.S. Police Are Abusing Facial Recognition Technology," 16 May 2019 Juve legend Gianluigi Buffon launched a scathing attack on Oliver in the wake of the decision, and has since refused to apologise for his reaction during and after the incident., "Michael Oliver Speaks Out Over Abuse Following Controversial Real Madrid Penalty Award," 27 Apr. 2018 Pep Guardiola launched a scathing attack on the standard of refereeing over both legs of Manchester City's chastening Champions League defeat against Liverpool in the wake of Tuesday's match. Afp,, "Guardiola launches tirade against referees after Champions League elimination," 11 Apr. 2018 Schiff, the committee’s top Democrat, responded with scathing attacks. Massimo Calabresi, Time, "How Rep. Adam Schiff Became a Central Character in the Trump-Russia Fight," 8 Mar. 2018 By their own admission and in scathing independent reviews of the Ebola response, WHO and foreign governments had woken up to the threat far too late. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Fear and failure: How Ebola sparked a global health revolution," 26 May 2018 Germany legend Lothar Matthäus gave Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcântara a scathing review on Wednesday, advising the Bavarian giants to cash in on the 27-year-old who, in Matthäus' eyes at least, is not good enough to be a part of their squad., "Bayern Munich Have to Ignore Ex-Player's Advice on Thiago & Keep the Spaniard in Long-Term Plans," 23 May 2018 More than 2,900 children were separated from their parents, prompting international outrage and scathing criticism over what many said was inhumane treatment of migrants. Fox News, "US plans to sidestep limits on detaining immigrant children," 6 Sep. 2018 The email, which was obtained by The Information's Amir Efrati, is absolutely scathing. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Uber manager in March: “We shouldn’t be hitting things every 15,000 miles”," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of scathing

1794, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scathing was in 1794

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English Language Learners Definition of scathing

somewhat formal : very harsh or severe

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