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[ skawr-ching ]


  1. burning; very hot.
  2. caustic or scathing:

    a scorching denunciation.

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Other Words From

  • scorching·ly adverb
  • un·scorching adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of scorching1

First recorded in 1555–65; scorch + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

On January 17, the NASA spacecraft will make its seventh close pass of our star, coming within 14 million kilometers of its scorching surface.

On a scorching 1972 summer day, the Vietnam War veteran made a clumsy attempt to rob a Brooklyn bank, only to be penned in with hostages for a 14-hour standoff.

From Time

Oven safe up to a scorching 600 degrees, each piece of cookware can also be used in the dishwasher.

Seven weeks after that scorching letter, and after intense negotiations with Elliott, AT&T announced a new plan in which it would sell unspecified assets and add two new directors to the board.

From Fortune

Temperatures at the surface reach a scorching 464 °C, and pressures are 89 times higher than on Earth.

However, the ongoing bloody conflict between Israel and Palestine is apparently still too scorching a hot-button issue to touch.

Of course there is high-volume, scorching human vanity at large here.

Combined with zombie-slaying stunts and the scorching Georgia heat, conditions on set can be grueling.

Sure, all of these folks share healthy egos and a scorching ambition, but come on, we are talking about American politics here.

Scorpio Rising by R.G. Vliet One of the most scorching, incandescent romances ever.

But one battalion was isolated on a spur, from which there seemed no way of escape save under a scorching flank fire.

Bridges had been broken down, and the guns had to be hauled through jungle and woods under a scorching sun.

The yellow sand about them blazed and shone, scorching their bare hands; the Desert was empty, silent, lonely.

Bobby said it should have been written on yellow paper with an asbestos pad under it to save scorching Miss Pendletons desk.

Marie was packing a suitcase and meditating upon the scorching letter she meant to write.