Definition of Scathing

1. Adjective. Marked by harshly abusive criticism. "Her vituperative railing"

Exact synonyms: Vituperative
Similar to: Critical
Derivative terms: Vituperate



Definition of Scathing

1. Adjective. harshly or bitterly critical ¹

2. Adjective. harmful or painful; acerbic ¹

3. Verb. (present participle of scathe) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scathing

1. scathe [v] - See also: scathe

Lexicographical Neighbors of Scathing

scary
scat singing
scatback
scatbacks
scatch
scatches
scatemia
scath
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scatheless
scathes
scathful
scathfulness
scathing (current term)
scathingly
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scatole
scatoles
scatolia
scatolias
scatologic
scatologically
scatologies

Literary usage of Scathing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"orations and scathing paragraphs are now as dead as the issue that called them forth. Yet Garrison will ever hold a high place in the history of American ..."

2. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H Warner (1902)
"Many of the characterizations cannot be identified at this day, but they were all scathing and many of them mean. The joke was perpetrated by James Hogg, ..."

3. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1867)
"... I feel permitted to speak in complimentary terms of the gallant Morton, and his pioneer brigade, which marched for- ward under a scathing fire, ..."

4. Report of the Proceedings by Church congress (1882)
"hoods of Secularism with the scathing sarcasm of the Archbishop of York : let us encourage the earnest striving after truth of many a Secularist with the ..."

5. American Poets and Their Theology by Augustus Hopkins Strong (1916)
"And in all literature there is no more scathing fulmination than his " Ichabod," when Daniel Webster turned his back upon his patriotic past and strove to ..."

6. American Poets and Their Theology by Augustus Hopkins Strong (1916)
"And in all literature there is no more scathing fulmination than his " Ichabod," when Daniel Webster turned his back upon his patriotic past and strove to ..."

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