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.
Origin of scathingpresent participle of scathe
- 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.