sear

Part of speech: verb

To wither; cauterize; make callous; harden.

Part of speech: adjective

Dried or blasted; withered.

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Usage examples "sear":

  1. But every thought of the one woman whose image was forever before him could sear and lacerate his heart almost beyond endurance. - "The Law-Breakers", Ridgwell Cullum.
  2. Like a fascinated bird staring at a snake, he looked at the cold, glittering eyes, the browned face, the sear on the cheek. - "The Boy Scouts on a Submarine", Captain John Blaine.
  3. When the psychological moment comes there is only to drive home the fallibility of circumstantial evidence and sear those twelve slow- going, matter- of- fact brains with a sense of the inherent perversity of appearances! - "The Long Lane's Turning", Hallie Erminie Rives.