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scathing

[ skey-thing ]
/ ˈskeɪ ðɪŋ /
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adjective

bitterly severe, as a remark: a scathing review of the play.
harmful, injurious, or searing.

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Origin of scathing

First recorded in 1785–95; scathe + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM scathing

scath·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for scathing

scathing
/ (ˈskeɪðɪŋ) /

adjective

harshly critical; scornfula scathing remark
damaging; painful

Derived forms of scathing

scathingly, adverb
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