Part of speech: adjective

Damaging; merciless in severity.

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Usage examples "scathing":

  1. While as for funny stories, she was as dull as Clara herself; and it was impossible to say anything more scathing than that! - "Pixie O'Shaughnessy", Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey.
  2. Had the book an index of first lines, what a scathing criticism on the contents would it be! - "Emily Brontë", A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson.
  3. 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", Lucy M. Blanchard.