- Scathe is a harm or injury.
A scratch on a car is an example of a scathe.
- Scathe is to harm or damage, or to fiercely denounce or criticize.
- When you accidentally brush up against a mailbox with your car and scratch your car, this is an example of when you scathe the car.
- When a politician makes hurtful remarks about their opponent, this is an example of when the politician scathes the opponent.
- Now Chiefly Dial.
- to injure
- to wither; sear
- to denounce fiercely
Origin: Middle English scathen from Old Norse skatha from skathi, harm, akin to German schaden, to harm from Indo-European base an unverified form skēth-, to injure from source Glassical Greek (a)skēthēs, (un)harmed
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transitive verb scathed scathed, scath·ing, scathes
- To harm or injure, especially by fire.
- To criticize or denounce severely; excoriate.
Origin: Middle English skathen, from Old Norse skadha.