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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The searing official history produced by the U.S. Army points to many tantalizing what-ifs that might have produced better outcomes. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 Depth of Field is his weekly dispatch about culture's most searing current images. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat," 20 June 2019 For families like hers, desperate hope and searing dread are always linked, inextricable in the possibility of finding someone. Eric Ogden, Marie Claire, "The Invisible Victims," 10 June 2019 For the next 30 hours, Woodson would survive German snipers and his own searing pain to save scores of lives. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The Eyes of the World Are Upon Some Of Them: RaceAhead," 6 June 2019 With a searing alto tone that can flare from blue flame glow to bright orange grit within a phrase, Fuller has emerged as a formidable bandleader over the past decade, with four impressive albums on Mack Avenue Records. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Beyonce sax player Tia Fuller lands in SF Bay Area for 3 shows," 5 June 2019 Even before a searing report put the job of Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin at risk, some White House staffers were pushing a health care agenda at odds with his. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s VA Firing Spree Falters in Court," 15 May 2019 Loyal critics proclaimed it a triumph—from its opening stately melody on the cellos, the searing funeral march, the frenetic, disorienting scherzo, through to the final reiteration of the heroic theme on the brass. National Geographic, "How Beethoven went from Napoleon’s biggest fan to his worst critic," 24 Apr. 2019 On @pleasehatethesethings, designer Dina Holland chronicles the bad, the dated, and the ugly of interior design, skewering bizarre trends and unexplainable ornamentation with delightfully searing captions. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside Every Interior Designer's Favorite Account on Instagram," 17 May 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of searing

: very hot
: extremely intense, severe, etc.
of writing or speech : very strong and critical

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