Definition of scathing in English:


Pronunciation /ˈskāT͟HiNG/ /ˈskeɪðɪŋ/


  • Witheringly scornful; severely critical.

    ‘she launched a scathing attack on the governor’
    • ‘Speaking ahead of the lecture, the critic launched a scathing attack on the contemporary British art scene dismissing Brit Art as a journalistic invention.’
    • ‘A Bradford councillor has made a scathing attack on preservationists who are bitterly opposed to the construction of an Aire Valley motorway.’
    • ‘He launched a scathing attack on both the EU and the Department of Marine in advance of tomorrow's blockade of fishing ports.’
    • ‘More than 500 hospital doctors have launched a scathing attack on a proposed new contract for consultants, condemning it as ‘demeaning and unprofessional’.’
    • ‘Last week Thai retailers launched a scathing attack on the government for not doing enough to protect them from foreign competitors.’
    • ‘The book was a scathing attack on the media establishment.’
    • ‘He is particularly scathing about one member whom he characterises as callous, spineless and non-confrontational to the point of duplicity.’
    • ‘Miller was especially wounded by Mailer's scathing verdict on his uncharacteristically whimsical travelogue The Colossus Of Maroussi.’
    • ‘Three days after he was recalled, he stepped down amid scathing criticism of the federal government's inadequate response to the hurricane disaster.’
    • ‘The inspection report contains scathing criticism of teaching standards in a third of areas and highlights poor management, failure at record-keeping and severe financial difficulties.’
    • ‘There's no question she has the experience, intelligence and insider dirt to do a thorough and scathing analysis of the increasingly icky relationship between celebrity and media.’
    • ‘The most scathing review was in the New York Post, which described it as ‘a movie so pathetically lame even her most ardent young fans will give this stinker a big thumbs down’.’
    • ‘His actions and decisions have also brought scathing criticism.’
    • ‘Both were scathing analyses of the relationship of the design profession and the forces of corporate commercialism.’
    • ‘Much of this disc is split between songs that are scathing social commentaries and songs that seem to be inside jokes for his circle of friends.’
    • ‘When the motion was narrowly defeated it led to scathing criticism by the national print media in particular, he noted.’
    • ‘The judge's scathing criticism leaves the government with a major headache.’
    • ‘True, not everybody loves her; there are some who taunt Martha with sarcastic parodies, bilious caricatures, and scathing articles.’
    • ‘That recommendation was met with scathing condemnation by an internal Pentagon inquiry leaked last week.’
    • ‘The development has attracted scathing criticism of Federal legislation, which deems the antennae low impact and thus not requiring a development application.’
    devastating, withering, blistering, extremely critical, coruscating, searing, scorching, fierce, ferocious, savage, severe, stinging, biting, cutting, mordant, trenchant, virulent, caustic, vitriolic, scornful, sharp, bitter, acid, harsh, unsparing
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/ˈskāT͟HiNG/ /ˈskeɪðɪŋ/