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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Recent Examples on the Web Both goals came from searing crosses to the back side of the goal. Julia Poe,, 29 May 2021 Gathering these tangible relics—hard, resistant, able to withstand the most searing heat, would help Monroe bear witness. Paul Gardullo, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2021 Spacecraft use shields for protection from the searing heat of entering the Martian atmosphere, and use both retro-rockets and parachutes to slow down enough to prevent a crash landing. Ken Moritsugu, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 May 2021 It’s a two-part documentary from Oscar-winner Alex Gibney that serves as a a searing indictment of Big Pharma and the political operatives and government regulations that enabled the reckless distribution of synthetic opiates. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 May 2021 Delroy Lindo, 68, who plays the PTSD-suffering Paul, gave a particularly searing performance that (wrongly) didn't quite make the Oscar cut, but won several awards along the way. Clarissa Cruz,, 29 Mar. 2021 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere all the way up to 2019's Colorado, Young's catalog has provided popular music with some of its most searing protest anthems, its most swooning love songs, its most righteous rockers and its most leveling ballads. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 13 Jan. 2021 Olivier’s is big and hammy and searing and often quite devastating. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 26 Apr. 2021 Prosecutors built their on searing witness accounts, experts rejecting Chauvin’s use of a neck restraint, and medical authorities attributing Floyd’s death to a lack of oxygen., 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of searing

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of searing was in 1678

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9 Jun 2021

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“Searing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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