sear·​ing | \ˈsir-iŋ \

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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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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In a searing new essay, actress Keira Knightley criticizes Kate Middleton's seemingly perfect, post-baby appearances. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Keira Knightley Criticizes Kate Middleton’s Perfect Post-Baby Body Appearance," 6 Oct. 2018 In the year since Donald Trump's searing, debut UN speech fueled fears of nuclear conflict with North Korea, the two leaders have turned from threats to flattery. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN," 22 Sep. 2018 At the time, the decision was a searing blow to Impossible Foods, which up until then had fired up the appetites of investors and top chefs alike and savored glowing publicity. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Impossible Burgers’ key, bloody ingredient gets long awaited nod from FDA," 24 July 2018 Noroi is more interested in building a searing sense of dread than conventional scares, but images from its final reel will still burn into your brain. Dylan Scott, Vox, "13 found-footage horror movies actually worth watching this Halloween," 19 Oct. 2018 The canonical example is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in which searing experiences rewire the brain in ways that produce lingering trauma. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Repairing your brain with video games," 10 Oct. 2018 Seven days a week, starting in February and through the searing summer, Randy cares for the plants here, all with the goal of producing nearly 3,000 pounds of organic vegetables for three local food pantries. Maria Panaritis,, "At the Haverford YMCA, an obsessive lawyer sweats it out - over a miracle garden | Maria Panaritis," 12 July 2018 In a passionate and searing dissent from the bench, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the decision was no better than Korematsu v. United States, the 1944 decision that endorsed the detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Trump’s Travel Ban Is Upheld by Supreme Court," 26 June 2018 Republicans, particularly those in more moderate districts, are worried they will be damaged by the searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as by audio recordings of young children crying for their parents., "With eyes on midterms, Trump embraces immigration fight," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of searing

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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