scorched-earth

adjective \ ˈskȯrcht-ˈərth \

Definition of scorched-earth

1 : relating to or being a military policy involving deliberate and usually widespread destruction of property and resources (such as housing and factories) so that an invading enemy cannot use them
2 : directed toward victory or supremacy at all costs : ruthless
  • scorched-earth rhetoric

First Known Use of scorched-earth

1937


SCORCHED-EARTH Defined for English Language Learners

scorched-earth

adjective

Definition of scorched-earth for English Language Learners

  • —used to describe a military policy in which all the houses, crops, factories, etc., in an area are destroyed so that an enemy cannot use them


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