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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The committee has presented harrowing video footage and searing testimony, including accounts from Trump's close associates and members of his family. CBS News, 17 June 2022 But, at least for now, the harrowing footage and searing testimony in the panel's hearings, including accounts from Trump’s close associates and members of his family, appear to have done little to dampen his interest in another campaign. Jill Colvin, Chron, 17 June 2022 The searing heat is part of a global pattern of rising temperatures, attributed by scientists to human activity. Reuters, CNN, 21 July 2022 South Florida hasn’t experienced the searing, record-establishing heat many other parts of the world have experienced this summer. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 20 July 2022 At the Formula One race, guests complained of the searing heat at the stadium, which provided little shade. Deborah Acosta, WSJ, 9 July 2022 After Amazon bought the film at the Sundance Film Festival, Eguia helped design the publicity strategy for the movie, a searing drama that became both a critical and commercial hit. Brent Lang, Variety, 26 June 2022 Perhaps the ideal of caritas is most fully on display in episode 8 of season 2, which culminates in the aftermath of another searing loss for Richmond. David M. Perry And Matthew Gabriele, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 Toni Morrison’s searing novel about slavery and family, as part of an AP English class. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Searing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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