scathing

adjective scath·ing \ ˈskā-ṯẖiŋ \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of scathing

: bitterly severe
  • a scathing condemnation

scathingly

adverb

Examples of scathing in a Sentence

  1. a scathing review of the book

  2. a scathing rebuttal of the latest theory concerning the assassination

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First Known Use of scathing

1794

Synonym Discussion of scathing

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

SCATHING Defined for English Language Learners

scathing

adjective

Definition of scathing for English Language Learners

  • : very harsh or severe



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