What does the word scathing mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Damaging; merciless in severity.

Usage examples for scathing

  1. Had the book an index of first lines, what a scathing criticism on the contents would it be! – Emily Brontë by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  2. Although he liked his uncle immensely, he had not been able entirely to overcome a certain feeling of awe in his presence, and he shuddered at thought of many scathing criticisms he had heard him make upon objects which he had been brought up to regard with veneration. – Chico: the Story of a Homing Pigeon by Lucy M. Blanchard