- The definition of scathing is something or someone severely and harshly critical.
When your boss gives you a terrible and overly critical review, this is an example of something that could be described as a scathing review.
scathing definition by Webster's New World
Origin: present participle of scathe
- scathingly adverb
scathing definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Bitterly denunciatory; harshly critical: “a scathing tract on the uselessness of war” (Pierre Brodin).
- Harmful or painful; injurious.
- scathˈing·ly adverb
Variant of scathe
- 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 Classical Greek (a)skēthēs, (un)harmed