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scathing
used in Jane Eyre

3 uses
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Definition
to severely harm — especially by fire or through criticism
  • I was in my own room as usual — just myself, without obvious change: nothing had smitten me, or scathed me, or maimed me.
    Chapter 26 (87% in)
  • I think, scathed as you look, and charred and scorched, there must be a little sense of life in you yet, rising out of that adhesion at the faithful, honest roots: you will never have green leaves more — never more see birds making nests and singing idyls in your boughs; the time of pleasure and love is over with you: but you are not desolate: each of you has a comrade to sympathise with him in his decay.
    Chapter 25 (15% in)
  • I am poor; for I find that, when I have paid my father's debts, all the patrimony remaining to me will be this crumbling grange, the row of scathed firs behind, and the patch of moorish soil, with the yew-trees and holly-bushes in front.
    Chapter 30 (51% in)

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