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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 of scathing
1785-1795
1785-95; scathe + -ing2
Related forms
scathingly, adverb
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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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