sear·​ing | \ ˈsir-iŋ How to pronounce searing (audio) \

Definition of searing

1 : very hot
2 : marked by extreme intensity, harshness, or emotional power searing pain a searing review a searing portrayal

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Other Words from searing

searingly adverb

Examples of searing in a Sentence

the searing heat of the fire She felt a searing pain in her foot. She made a searing attack on her political enemies.
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The searing media spotlight on Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh has inevitably prompted plenty of journalistic comparisons to what happened 27 years ago with Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas. Fox News, "Media's Kavanaugh spectacle," 24 Sep. 2018 The Woodwind with Sear Box option from Camp Chef can serve as both a smoker and searing grill. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Pellet Grills to Buy in 2019, According to Kitchen Appliance and Tech Experts," 27 Feb. 2019 Just this past week, Prince William delivered a searing speech at the BBC headquarters, demanding that tech companies take responsibility for the impact of their platforms. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Recycles a Burgundy Skirted Suit By Paule Ka to Visit University College London," 21 Nov. 2018 The searing, record-setting heat that followed this year dried out plants, leaving many parts of the West coated in tinder. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The West is on fire ... again," 2 Aug. 2018 Following a five-year hiatus, the Pistol Annies finally released a new record—and their searing lyrics and soaring harmonies were worth the wait. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Who Are the Pistol Annies? Everything You Need to Know About Miranda Lambert's Band," 13 Nov. 2018 But Dominis seized on searing details that made his image more powerful. Deneen L. Brown, The Seattle Times, "An iconic Olympics moment: Looking back at the Black Power salute that rocked the world in 1968," 16 Oct. 2018 Win McNamee/Getty Images James Mattis resigned as defense secretary on Thursday, delivering an unsparing two-page resignation letter to President Donald Trump that served as a searing indictment of the president’s foreign policy. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Mattis’s resignation was a scathing indictment of Trump’s foreign policy," 21 Dec. 2018 In a searing new essay, actress Keira Knightley criticizes Kate Middleton's seemingly perfect, post-baby appearances. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Keira Knightley Criticizes Kate Middleton’s Perfect Post-Baby Body Appearance," 6 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of searing

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of searing

: very hot
: extremely intense, severe, etc.
of writing or speech : very strong and critical

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