scath·ing | \ ˈskā-ṯẖiŋ \

Definition of scathing 

: bitterly severe a scathing condemnation

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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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And, oddly enough, the practice of separating children from their parents and detaining them has received scathing criticism from an unlikely source: a Trump administration report., "Today: If Roe Vs. Wade Is Overturned," 29 June 2018 Sid Miller's Democratic challenger issued a scathing statement on Thursday after the sitting Texas Ag Commissioner compared the separation of migrant children to serving in the military. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "'Shame on you, Sid Miller:' Opponent rips Texas Ag Commissioner over controversial comments," 21 June 2018 Giuliani, like Trump, has offered up scathing criticism of Comey. Clare Foran, CNN, "James Comey defends FBI after Giuliani compares agents to 'stormtroopers'," 3 May 2018 Having agreed that Gomez was to blame, Liverpool fans on Twitter duly launched into scathing criticism of the 20-year-old England international, though some were more reasonable than others., "Liverpool Fans Lay Into Defender After Mistakes Cost Reds in 2-2 Draw at West Brom," 22 Apr. 2018 Current and former members of USA Gymnastics have delivered scathing criticisms of the organization for its handling of Nassar. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The sex abuse scandal surrounding USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, explained," 21 Apr. 2018 The respite was brief, however, because on Friday the European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, gave a scathing response to the British plan, suggesting that Brexit negotiations were again at an impasse. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Trump Doing Brexit? A ‘Very Good Thought,’ Says Britain’s Top Diplomat," 8 June 2018 The director of the Federal Air Marshal Service is responding to a scathing New York Times report that claims the organization has issues with alcohol abuse, harassment, and low morale in its ranks. CBS News, "After scathing report, will federal air marshal program be grounded?," 11 May 2018 Although Khloé continues to remain silent about Thompson's cheating allegations, her sister Kim has publicly issued a scathing response. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tristan Thompson Just Broke His Silence on Instagram After His Cheating Scandal," 30 Apr. 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

: very harsh or severe

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