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scathing

[skey-th ing] /ˈskeɪ ðɪŋ/
adjective
1.
bitterly severe, as a remark:
a scathing review of the play.
2.
harmful, injurious, or searing.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; scathe + -ing2
Related forms
scathingly, adverb
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Examples for scathingly
  • Even scathingly negative remarks can be fodder for making a program more effective.
  • It is solemnly attested that on this occasion he cursed so scathingly that the bark peeled off the big oak tree.
  • His report was dramatically written and scathingly critical of the decisions made by officers in frontline command positions.
British Dictionary definitions for scathingly

scathing

/ˈskeɪðɪŋ/
adjective
1.
harshly critical; scornful a scathing remark
2.
damaging; painful
Derived Forms
scathingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for scathingly

scathing

adj.

1794 in literal sense, present participle adjective from scathe (v.). Of words, speech, etc., from 1852. Related: Scathingly.

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