searing

adjective sear·ing \ ˈsir-iŋ \
Updated on: 17 Apr 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.

Recent Examples of searing from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'searing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of searing

1678


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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up searing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to lower or disgrace the reputation of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks Quiz

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!