verb (used with object), scathed, scathing.
to attack with severe criticism.
to hurt, harm, or injure, as by scorching.
hurt, harm, or injury.

before 1000; (noun) Middle English scath(e), scade, schath(e) < Old Norse skathi damage, harm, cognate with Old English sc(e)atha malefactor, injury (with which the Middle English forms with sch- might be identified); (v.) Middle English scath(e), skath(e) < Old Norse skatha, cognate with Old English sceathian

scatheless, adjective
scathelessly, adverb Unabridged
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scathe (skeɪð)
1.  rare to attack with severe criticism
2.  archaic, dialect or to injure
3.  archaic, dialect or harm
[Old English sceatha; related to Old Norse skathi, Old Saxon scatho]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.N. skaða "to hurt, injure," from P.Gmc. *skath- (cf. O.E. sceaþian "to hurt, injure," O.Fris. skethia, M.Du. scaden, Du. schaden, O.H.G. scadon, Ger. schaden, Goth. scaþjan "to injure, damage"), from PIE base *sket- "to injure." Only cognate outside Gmc. seems to be in
Gk. a-skethes "unharmed, unscathed." Survives mostly in its negative form, unscathed, and in figurative meaning "sear with invective or satire" (1852, usually as scathing) which developed from the sense of "scar, scorch" used by Milton in "Paradise Lost" i.613 (1667).
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Example sentences
Such step could be done without scathe for the common currency.
And he must ride from one garrison to another to see the soldiers do not outrage or scathe the country.
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