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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. marked by harshly abusive criticism;
- Example: "his scathing remarks about silly lady novelists"
- Example: "her vituperative railing"
[syn: scathing, vituperative]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scathe \Scathe\ (sk[=a][th]; 277), Scath \Scath\ (sk[a^]th; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scathed (sk[=a][th]d or sk[a^]tht); p. pr. & vb. n. Scathing (sk[=a][th]"[i^]ng or sk[a^]th"-).] [Icel. ska[eth]a; akin to AS. scea[eth]an, sce[eth][eth]an, Dan. skade, Sw. skada, D. & G. schaden, OHG. scad[=o]n, Goth. ska[thorn]jan.] To do harm to; to injure; to damage; to waste; to destroy. [1913 Webster] As when heaven's fire Hath scathed the forest oaks or mountain pines. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Strokes of calamity that scathe and scorch the soul. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

scathing adj 1: marked by harshly abusive criticism; "his scathing remarks about silly lady novelists"; "her vituperative railing" [syn: scathing, vituperative]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

54 Moby Thesaurus words for "scathing": acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acid, acidic, acidulent, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, astringent, biting, bitter, brutal, burning, caustic, corroding, corrosive, cutting, damaging, double-edged, edged, escharotic, ferocious, fierce, harmful, harsh, incisive, keen, mordacious, mordant, nasty, penetrating, piercing, poignant, rigorous, rough, salty, savage, scorching, searing, severe, sharp, stabbing, stern, stinging, strident, stringent, tart, trenchant, vehement, violent, virulent, vitriolic, withering