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Definition to severely harm — especially by fire or through criticism
  • 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.
  • The cries of the two parties were now in sound an interchange of scathing insults.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • "I believe I do," the judge told him with scathing confidence.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • 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
  • "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 thou, if aught of mine Thou needest, speak, though never touch of thine 74 EURIPIDES Shall scathe me more.
    Euripides  --  Medea
  • 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
  • "What are you going to do in Phoenix?" he asked her scathingly.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • "No, you were a slacker," went on Carley, with scathing scorn.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • "Your tawdry effort in The Daily World," he says scathingly.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • Without raising her voice, she threw into it an infinity of scathing contempt, bitterness, and despair.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • He delivered the scathing indictment and closed the door.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • So you can imagine my concern when I learned that four teenage girls are the only witnesses to these scathing accusations made against my own family.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • And there were others its touch had scathed.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • No doubt you're right logically, and are entitled to say a great many scathing things about Henry.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • When he goes back to people watching, she shoots me one last scathing look and leaves.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The Head Mistress of Eton was particularly scathing.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World

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