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.
A scratch on a car is an example of a scathe.
Origin of scathe
- Middle English skathen from Old Norse skadha
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English scathen, skathen, from Old English sceaÃ¾an, scaÃ¾an (“to scathe, hurt, harm, injure") and Old Norse skaÃ°a (“to hurt"); both from Proto-Germanic *skaÃ¾ÅnÄ… (“to injure"). Cognate with Danish skade, German schaden, Swedish skada; compare Gothic ðƒðŒºðŒ°ðŒ¸ðŒ¾ðŒ°ðŒ½ (skaÃ¾jan), Old Norse skeÃ°ja (“to hurt"). Compare Ancient Greek á¼€ÏƒÎºÎ·Î¸Î®Ï‚ (askÄ“thÄ“s, “unhurt"), Albanian shkathÃ«t (“skillful, adept, clever"), Polish skaleczyÄ‡ (“to hurt, scathe").