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She seared the steak.
  burn the surface with intense heat; or burn something unpleasant into memory
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  • She seared the steak.
  • seared tuna
  • seared upon my heart and soul
  • At once, a needle-sharp pain seared across Harry’s scar; his head felt as though it was about to split in two
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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  • The corrosive spray that hit his face seared into his lungs and eyes, blinding him.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • That summer was a scorcher, maybe the worst in all the years we’d lived in that valley desert, which our town would’ve been if the irrigation pumped in from the Sierra were turned off. I could tell how searing it was by the dragged-out way my mom’s roses drooped every morning after I watered them.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • The blue sky deepens to violet, and the searing desert air cools.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The moment of death is full of heat and sound and pain bigger than anything, a funnel of burning heat splitting me in two, something searing and scorching and tearing, and if screaming were a feeling it would be this.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • And above it all, he had one image burned into his memories as strongly as a branded mark from a searing hot iron.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Newt’s image seared across his mind.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • And then, with a searing shame, she realized: They thought she was stealing shirtwaists.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • In the corner, beneath the cabinets, he spotted her favorite ceramic pie dish, rivulets of blueberry juice seared onto its sides.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Still, there was no denying the searing pain that was growing bigger every second.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Heat seared through him, as if his bones were being fused to charcoal.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Trina turns, grabs his hand, a look of terror on her face that he thinks may be seared into his mind forever.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • And in that moment, between when Colin thought Hornets! and when he would have said "Hornets," he felt a searing sting on the side of his neck.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • I bury my head into her hair and breathe the smell of her, of the New York City night that’s seared into her.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • And, beyond the frosty glass, beside the silver highway in the searing starlight, a tiny figure darting beneath the upraised arms of the trees.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • I’d only just hit the ground when there was a blinding flash and a sound like the earth ripping open and a shock wave of searing hot wind that knocked the air from my lungs.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Where the iron touched his skin it felt like knives and needles and nails, like the searing pain of frost, like the sting of a hundred biting flies.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • And yet it seemed everything fell away whenever Captain Ono addressed me, all my carefully built-up perception of things, and in the sorry depletion I could feel the searing, rising surges of what must be pure enmity.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Tense, not wanting to move as the heat gradually left me, as the sweat evaporated and I became conscious again of brittle air outside the windows searing and howling through the streets and over the frozen cars hunched like sheep all the way down towards Lake Ontario.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Glass closed her eyes, bracing herself for the searing pain, the screaming of her nerves as they lost contact with her hand.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • I woke screaming in the middle of the night, in agony, terrified as the scar seared itself into my flesh.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • The words hung there, searing themselves on the little room long after the sound had died away.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The smell of molting snakeskin seared my nostrils.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • In searing headlines, it announced: THE GREAT CALAMITY OF THE AGE!
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • A searing pain shot up into my body.
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller
  • Although I was numb from the cold, the pain seared through me each time, like being branded by a poker.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Because if I got trapped in a blaze started by arcing electrical overload in the wall of the garage, the searing pain of losing my mom and dad would go up in smoke with me.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • You cook the meat in animal fat over high heat to sear it, then add potatoes and vegetables and the rest.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • When they were first married and Albert went away on trips for work, Jutta would wake in the predawn hours and remember those first nights after Werner left for Schulpforta and feel all over again the searing pain of his absence.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • That one word keeps scripting itself on my brain, as though it is being seared there.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I’d go now, but it’s hot, and I make sure never to be outside at this time of day when the sun has a way of stalking me, searing memories into my skin.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • If anything, their searing experiences refined ideology into a purer, tougher product.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • She was so chaotically in love with Nathan that it was like dementia, and it is more often than not the person one loves from whom one withholds the most searing truths about one’s self, if only out of the very human motive to spare groundless pain.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I have developed a searing contempt for gushiness and schmaltz.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Pain seared Jason’s mind.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • His hands slid up my neck, searing hot.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Marcus shivered, though the heat was searing.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
  • The fire in my face burned on and on, deep through my flesh, searing my soul.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Just thinking about Clem gave Thomas a searing pain, even worse than the lash of Mr. Knox’s whip.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863
  • But the worst was the searing pain from somewhere deep inside, like something had been ripped out of him.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
  • The water seared his hands and arms.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
  • Searing pain filled his chest as he inhaled the smoky air.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
  • A split second later, the bullet tore into Max’s side with a searing, blinding pain.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Nazi Invasion, 1944
  • Once the searing effect of swallowing the stuff had passed, it did induce a certain spurious calmness.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Holding me in place, his blue eyes seared into mine.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • At the next theater, ten or twelve blocks down, it was the same story: the CIA film had started, as had the well-reviewed biopic of a 1940s leading lady; the French cop movie didn’t start for another hour and a half; and unless I wanted the psychopath film or the searing family drama, which I didn’t, it was more brides and bachelor parties and Santa hats and Pixar.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
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