Definition of scathing
: bitterly severe a scathing condemnation
Examples of scathing in a Sentence
a scathing review of the book
a scathing rebuttal of the latest theory concerning the assassination
Recent Examples of scathing from the Web
In January, just before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Justice Department issued a scathing report on civil rights abuses by Chicago’s police department over the years.
The agreement builds upon plans for police reform already proposed by City Hall and comes after a scathing report the Justice Department issued about the Police Department in January, the source said.
The Justice Department in January issued a scathing report on civil rights abuses by Chicago’s police department over the years.
Police Chief James Dobson wrote a scathing five-page memo, accusing Riley of threatening officers, interfering in red-light camera hearings and failing to cooperate in a hit-and-run accident,.
The changes earned praise last summer from Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux for improvements to reporting and handling of investigations after that office issued a scathing report about the unit in 2014.
Those claims were not true, according to a scathing report released Wednesday after a joint investigation by the Inspectors General of the Justice and State departments.
This 1836 work — in which a witless fop is assumed to be a powerful state functionary by corrupt politicians in the provinces — infuses scathing satire with giddy surrealism.
Unfortunately, Berkeley is also home to two of the best independent music stores in the nation, Rasputin and Amoeba, and so the poor employees at Hear Music have to deal with the most scathing snobbery of all – that of a dirty hipster.
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Definition of scathing for English Language Learners
: very harsh or severe
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