sear·​ing ˈsir-iŋ How to pronounce searing (audio)
: very hot
: marked by extreme intensity, harshness, or emotional power
searing pain
a searing review
a searing portrayal
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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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of searing was in 1678

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“Searing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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