\ ˈskȯrcht How to pronounce scorched (audio) \

Definition of scorched

: parched or discolored by scorching

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The Gulf monarchies had unleashed the scorched-Earth genocidal violence previously carried out by the fringes of Mr. Bashir’s regime in Darfur and South Sudan onto the streets of Khartoum for the very first time – and in front of cameras. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "How horrors in Sudan undermined US trust in its top Arab allies," 12 June 2019 Ríos Montt claimed that indigenous people in Guatemala were particularly susceptible to guerrilla influence, so scorched-earth campaigns against whole villages were necessary. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 Pass a scorched black tree that was perhaps struck by lightning. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "Yuma’s Humanitarian Emergency," 9 May 2019 Moscow has neither the money nor apparently the imagination to turn its scorched earth policy into a political settlement. Tim Lister, CNN, "Syria strikes: The real impact is in Moscow," 14 Apr. 2018 The scorched nature of the first stage is striking in the images above, all the more so because of the pure black interstage, which contrasts with the pristine white upper stage and payload fairing at the top of the rocket. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Singed and sooty, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket still looked brilliant Monday," 4 Dec. 2018 Instead, the place is filled with violent, scorched fighters. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal, day 4: the bombs are falling," 26 Nov. 2018 Myanmar's military responded with counterinsurgency sweeps and a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages. Fox News, "Human rights group opposes moving Rohingya to island camp," 6 Aug. 2018 And even in some kind of unthinkable, scorched-earth scenario where suddenly no cable company or over-the-top streaming service wants to pay AT&T’s price for HBO and Game of Thrones, that’s fine, too. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "AT&T and Dish’s HBO battle is the bleak future of cable and streaming," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of scorched

1566, in the meaning defined above

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