Origin of scathingpresent participle of scathe
The health inspector gave the restaurant owner a scathing report.
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.
- Bitterly denunciatory; harshly critical: “a scathing tract on the uselessness of war” ( Pierre Brodin )
- Harmful or painful; injurious.
(comparative more scathing, superlative most scathing)
- Present participle of scathe.
- He gave her a scathing look.
- May's change of side made him many bitter enemies, and he is the object of scathing condemnation from many of his contemporaries.
- He didn't want to try to interpret the look or await her scathing return, not when he needed to find a place for them go to.
- F.), while the whole movement was condemned in bitter and scathing language by Pius X.'s encyclical (Pascendi gregis) against the Modernists.
- Lange; as a retort to that writer's overbearing criticism, Lessing exposed with scathing satire Lange's errors in his popular translation of Horace.