Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Bitterly denunciatory; harshly critical: "a scathing tract on the uselessness of war” ( Pierre Brodin).
  • adj. Harmful or painful; injurious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. harshly or bitterly critical
  • adj. harmful or painful; acerbic
  • v. Present participle of scathe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Damaging; wounding; blasting; scorching: as, scathing irony.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by harshly abusive criticism

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Examples

  • ZAHN: Finally tonight, a lot of questions raised in this NASA report, what some describe as a scathing report on the leadership at NASA and a lot of debate about whether you can ever convince the American public it's worth exploring Mars.

    CNN Transcript Aug 26, 2003

  • When I showed her the weekly letters which her daughter had written me, and photographs of Baby which she had sent, and the Dominion Express Company's receipts for large sums of money which I had sent from Winnipeg, she denounced her daughter and her daughter's husband in scathing terms.

    Madeleine: An Autobiography

  • But in short, scathing words and significant change of metre he reverses the picture to show his view of it, when, in the companion song of

    Mysticism in English Literature

  • Enderle was referring to a scathing blog post by Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, who wrote on Wednesday that Microsoft was banding with others to acquire "bogus patents" to make sure Google can't get to them.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The spokesman was referring to a scathing speech Kenny gave on July 20, in which he berated the Vatican for its part in covering up child-abuse allegations against its clergy.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • She is known as a scathing critic of the former Egyptian regime.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Given his review of her performance in '06 -- I believe the operative word is "scathing" -- his take on today's development is already atop my morning must-read list.

    Boston.com Top Stories

  • “For almost a half hour, they referred to Mr. Obama’s positions and statements in scathing terms that ranged from “ludicrous” to “irresponsible.”

    McCain Camp Talks of Speedier Iraq Withdrawal — Or Not - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • For almost a half hour, they referred to Mr. Obama’s positions and statements in scathing terms that ranged from “ludicrous” to “irresponsible.”

    McCain Camp Talks of Speedier Iraq Withdrawal — Or Not - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Often, the fourth dimension of time is the only thing that separates fringe science from its ‘real’ counterpart; anyone studying molecular biology in the 1980s will recall the scathing and incredulous reaction that Stan Prusiner and his wacky-seeming self-replicating prion proteins received in the traditional community – in stark contrast to his momentous encounter with the Swedish monarchy in 1997.

    Science

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