searing

adjective sear·ing \ ˈsir-iŋ \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of searing

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

searingly

adverb

Examples of searing in a Sentence

  1. the searing heat of the fire

  2. She felt a searing pain in her foot.

  3. She made a searing attack on her political enemies.

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First Known Use of searing

1678

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SEARING Defined for English Language Learners

searing

Definition of searing for English Language Learners

  • : very hot

  • : extremely intense, severe, etc.

  • of writing or speech : very strong and critical



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