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scathing (adj.)

1794 in literal sense, present-participle adjective from scathe (v.). Of words, speech, etc., from 1852. Related: Scathingly.

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Definitions of scathing

scathing (adj.)
marked by harshly abusive criticism;
his scathing remarks about silly lady novelists
Synonyms: vituperative
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