\ ˈskȯrcht How to pronounce scorched (audio) \

Definition of scorched

: parched or discolored by scorching

Examples of scorched in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The settlement, which was finalized last month and announced on Thursday in the judge’s order, included a detailed admission of misconduct that is rare for the president, who has long employed a scorched-earth approach toward fighting lawsuits. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Trump Ordered to Pay $2 Million to Charities for Misuse of Foundation," 7 Nov. 2019 Unhindered, in fact aided and cheered on by many in the media, the left proceeds on its scorched-earth strategy. John Kass,, "Column: The latest smear against Justice Brett Kavanaugh part of left’s scorched-earth strategy," 18 Sep. 2019 The oil palms that developers plant in the scorched earth also fail to serve any of the ecosystem functions that the original forest did. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "The global demand for palm oil is driving the fires in Indonesia," 18 Sep. 2019 Fitzpatrick isn’t the first, and likely won’t be the last player traded away this season, as Miami continues to cleanse its roster in this scorched-earth rebuilt. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: What now with Fitzpatrick gone; how will Dolphins replace such a versatile defender? | Commentary," 17 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately, Spin and her legal team adopted a scorched earth approach that brought unnecessary attention to a business dispute that all along could have, and should have, been settled amicably and privately. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Spinderella's Royalties Lawsuit Against Salt-N-Pepa Ordered to Mediation, As Duo Likens Fight to 'Divorce'," 2 Aug. 2019 International human rights groups and UN bodies have previously expressed concerns about the Duterte administration's scorched earth-approach in its efforts to eradicate the methamphetamine trade. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Philippines: UN decision to probe drug war 'straight from the mouth of the Queen in Alice in Wonderland'," 11 July 2019 Andreescu came into New York red hot and scorched whatever remnants of intimidation factor Williams may have had left. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Serena Williams is different now and it’ll take some getting used to," 7 Sep. 2019 Keep the coals medium-hot, brisk enough to cook the vegetables without letting them become scorched. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Mixed Grill to Remember," 9 Aug. 2019

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1566, in the meaning defined above

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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