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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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First Known Use of scathing

1794, in the meaning defined above

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13 Feb 2020

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“Scathing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scathing

somewhat formal : very harsh or severe

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