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 The Rules of the Game (1939) While Hollywood in the late 1930s often glamorized life, this Jean Renoir film proved a searing commentary on the callousness of the European upper classes. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How Criterion Channel can give you the perfect film-school education in quarantine," 17 Apr. 2020 Plus Tchaikovsky’s greatest symphony — a searing white-hot work that spans the range of emotional expression. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "From Kentucky to NYC, Louisville Orchestra's 2020-21 season is a 'Road to Carnegie Hall'," 23 Feb. 2020 Driven by strong winds and searing temperatures on New Year’s Eve, the blazes turned the sky blood red and rained down embers, forcing people to shelter on beaches or flee by fishing boats. Jason Scott, Fortune, "As Wildfires Ravage Australia, Tourists In Coastal Towns Struggle to Evacuate," 2 Jan. 2020 In many cases, farmers and the nation’s future food supplies will benefit from having solar arrays in their fields, especially as climate change introduces more drought and searing temperatures to agricultural areas. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Farms Can Harvest Energy Along with Food," 4 Nov. 2019 The painting, with its games of light and shadow and its direct and visceral evocation of an emotionally searing moment, is a virtuoso showstopper. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "N.C. Wyeth painted the world full of beauty, resilience and adventure. And full of white people.," 3 July 2019 In addition to room for up to seven vehicles, the garages feature dehumidifiers to combat searing summer heat., "Majestic beachside estate in South Carolina," 29 Mar. 2020 In the summer, searing heat is what Baghdad is known for, as the city's average daily high temperature is more than 100 degrees from June through August. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "A rare winter storm coated Baghdad in snow, only the second time in 100 years," 11 Feb. 2020 As Congress reconvenes on Monday, the specter of escalating hostilities with Iran and a searing debate over the justification behind Mr. Trump’s action will take center stage on Capitol Hill. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Iran Uncertainty Grips Congress as Impeachment Looms," 5 Jan. 2020

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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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27 May 2020

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“Searing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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