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  • She was hurt by his scathing remarks.
  • She withstood scathing criticism.
  • a scathing review of the new film
  • The article offers a scathing look at the proposal.

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  • He wrote a scathing letter published in the state bar association’s journal in which he vowed "never to take another death penalty case, even if they disbar me for my refusal" and urged other civil lawyers not to take death penalty cases.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • "Listen to yourselves," Cob said scathingly.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • When he goes back to people watching, she shoots me one last scathing look and leaves.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • He turned away from me, his voice scathing.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Sarah’s mouth, which was open in what I suspect was the formation of another display of her scathing wit, clamps shut so fast I think I hear her teeth clash.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Again the voice was not loud so much as chillingly domineering, scathing, irruptive.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • "Theodore participates very little in class and appears to have no desire to expend any more attention on his studies than absolutely necessary," wrote my French professor, in a scathing midterm report that—in the absence of any closely supervising adult —no one saw but me.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Loud and scathing, Draco Malfoy’s voice echoed around the courtyard.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • — This trick may chance to scathe you,—I know what: You must contrary me! marry, ’tis time.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • The guard stuck his head in the other door before I could form a scathing but polite response.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The Head Mistress of Eton was particularly scathing.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • "I believe I do," the judge told him with scathing confidence.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • "Guilty,"he grumbled in scathing tones.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The cries of the two parties were now in sound an interchange of scathing insults.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • The fiercer element had cropped the verdure of the plain, which looked as though it were scathed by the consuming lightning.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Mad-Eye had always been scathing about Dumbledore’s willingness to trust people.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I was in my own room as usual — just myself, without obvious change: nothing had smitten me, or scathed me, or maimed me.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Its sympathy for my brethren in bonds—its scathing denunciations of slaveholders—its faithful exposures of slavery—and its powerful attacks upon the upholders of the institution—sent a thrill of joy through my soul, such as I had never felt before!
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • In a scathing five-page document filled with exclamation points, he accused Southam and Mandel of fraud and unprofessional conduct, and demanded that the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York revoke their medical licenses.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • ’Watching the news ’ he said scathingly.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Joe College,’ said Weary scathingly.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • In fact, my satchel holds all the work we’ve done—Aibileen’s and Minny’s interviews, the book outline, a list of potential maids, a scathing, unmailed response I wrote to Hilly’s bathroom initiative—everything I can’t leave at home for fear Mother will snoop through my things.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • "Responsible," I repeated scathingly, rolling my eyes.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • And there were others its touch had scathed.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • In spite of this the old man inspired in all his visitors alike a feeling of respectful veneration—especially of an evening when he came in to tea in his old-fashioned coat and powdered wig and, aroused by anyone, told his abrupt stories of the past, or uttered yet more abrupt and scathing criticisms of the present.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • That will I not, said the knight, for it will scathe me greatly, and do you none avail.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • I heard a scathing murmur at my ear, ’Heap of muffs—go to.’
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • That will I not, said the knight, for it will scathe me greatly, and do you none avail.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • In those early days of 1864, no newspaper could be opened that did not carry scathing editorials denouncing the speculators as vultures and bloodsucking leeches and calling upon the government to put them down with a hard hand.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The Vatican called CERN from time to time as a "courtesy" before issuing scathing statements condemning CERN’s research-most recently for CERN’s breakthroughs in nanotechnology, a field the church denounced because of its implications for genetic engineering.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I reminded them of the difference of the season; that the expedition had been made directly after the rains, when vegetation had clothed with transient beauty this region, which, possessing no source of moisture in itself, had become scathed and bare during the blazing heat of summer.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Dumbledore has been a great wizard — oh yes, he has," (for Bellatrix had made a scathing noise), "the Dark Lord acknowledges it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • "Not if THOU canst scathe him," replied the Captain.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • As he approached a little nearer, he thought he saw something white, hanging in the midst of the tree: he paused and ceased whistling but, on looking more narrowly, perceived that it was a place where the tree had been scathed by lightning, and the white wood laid bare.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • For my master, whose restless, craving, vicious nature roved about day and night, seeking whom to devour, had just left me, with stinging, scorching words; words that scathed ear and brain like fire.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Only, on his return, she scathed him with her satire.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • He called for a general boycott of the owner of the Offences, speculated upon immorality in high places, hinted that some there might be expected to have a fellow-feeling for Mutants, and wound up with a peroration in which a certain official was scathed as an unprincipled hireling of unprincipled masters and the local representative of the Forces of Evil.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • In the question of the grazing lands his peevish asperity is notorious and in Mr Cuffe’s hearing brought upon him from an indignant rancher a scathing retort couched in terms as straightforward as they were bucolic.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Beck, however, was in the habit of turning his monologues into scathing, Limbaughesque rants against bed-wetting liberals, and at one point that evening I made the mistake of disagreeing with him: in response to one of his comments I suggested that raising the minimum wage seemed like a wise and necessary policy.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The answer is "Maybe you got tired!" delivered as scathingly as possible; but it doesn’t scathe.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Some of these had been burned or at least scathed with fire; and there rose in our faces (which were close to the ground) a blinding, choking dust as fine as smoke.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • "However did you make such a mistake?" said Fielding, more friendly than before, but scathing and scornful.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • And when Julie had tears in her eyes halfway through and snuggled closer to him for the remaining hour, it more than canceled out the scathing critical review he was preparing in his mind.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • (scathingly) You talking of your dear sister!
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Convinced of the scathing damage to his local repute and position that must have been caused by such a fact, though it had never before reached his own ears, Henchard showed a positive distaste for the presence of this girl not his own, whenever he encountered her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • "What are you going to do in Phoenix?" he asked her scathingly.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
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