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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCORCHED

The contrasts were so cruel that they scorched the eyes of the soul.

I had forgot the pasty, and it will be as scorched as Judas Iscariot!

The flowers were scorched and dead under the piled-up ashes.

Bless the place, I love the ashes of the vagabond fires that have scorched its grass!

The meat will be hardened all over by violent heat, will shrink up as if it were scorched, and afford very little gravy.

Ambusta, burned or scorched, from its being found on burned soil.

Semitosta, from its scorched appearance, or umber-like color.

The Captain's face was blackened, and his clothes were scorched, but his spirit was undaunted.

Then he remembered that the flare might have scorched her face, and expressed his concern.

A smell of scorched rags and festering wounds hung in the air.

WORD ORIGIN

"to burn superficially or slightly, but so as to change the color or injure the texture," early 14c., perhaps an alteration of scorrcnenn "make dry, parch" (c.1200), of obscure origin, perhaps from Old Norse skorpna "to be shriveled," cognate with Old English scrimman "to shrink, dry up." Or perhaps from Old French escorchier "to strip off the skin," from Vulgar Latin excorticare "to flay," from ex- (see ex-) + Latin cortex (genitive corticis) "cork;" but OED finds this not likely. Scorched earth military strategy is 1937, translation of Chinese jiaotu, used against the Japanese in a bid to stem their advance into China.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SCORCHED

baked

adjectivecooked in oven

burned

adjectivemarked by fire or intense heat
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