- 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.
transitive verbscathed, scathing
- Now Chiefly Dial.
- to injure
- to wither; sear
- to denounce fiercely
Origin of scatheMiddle 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 Classical Greek (a)skēthēs, (un)harmed
transitive verbscathed scathed, scath·ing, scathes
- To harm or injure, especially by fire.
- To criticize or denounce severely; excoriate.
Origin of scatheMiddle English skathen, from Old Norse skadha.
From Middle English scathe, from Old English sceaÃ¾a (also sceaÃ¾u) ("scathe, harm, injury"), from Proto-Germanic *skaÃ¾Ã´ (â€œdamage, scatheâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kÄ“t- (â€œdamage, harmâ€).
(third-person singular simple present scathes, present participle scathing, simple past and past participle scathed)
- (archaic) To injure.
From Middle English scathen, skathen, from Old English sceaÃ¾an, scaÃ¾an (â€œto scathe, hurt, harm, injureâ€) and Old Norse skaÃ°a (â€œto hurtâ€); both from Proto-Germanic *skaÃ¾ÅnÄ… (â€œto injureâ€). Cognate with Danish skade, German schaden, Swedish skada; compare Gothic ðƒðŒºðŒ°ðŒ¸ðŒ¾ðŒ°ðŒ½ (skaÃ¾jan), Old Norse skeÃ°ja (â€œto hurtâ€). Compare Ancient Greek á¼€ÏƒÎºÎ·Î¸Î®Ï‚ (askÄ“thÄ“s, â€œunhurtâ€), Albanian shkathÃ«t (â€œskillful, adept, cleverâ€), Polish skaleczyÄ‡ (â€œto hurt, scatheâ€).