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scorching

[ skawr-ching ]SEE DEFINITION OF scorching
  • adj.very hot
  • adj.harsh

Synonyms for scorching

  • blistering
  • fiery
  • searing
  • sizzling
  • sweltering
  • burning
  • hot
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Antonyms for scorching

  • cold
  • cool
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCORCHING

Then came smoke, the smell of scorching linen, and a cry of horror from Celine.

Words can give no idea of the scorching, blinding heat this August afternoon.

Cover the fat of the kidney and the back with paper to prevent it from scorching.

My suffering was horrible; my tears were flowing, scorching and bitter.

He was still looking at her and tears were scorching his eyes.

Henceforth your rays shall ever be hot and scorching, and shall burn all that they touch.

Oh, if Swift had been there to see it, what a scorching satire we should have had!

The scorching air was laden to suffocation by the odors of burning resin.

For miles and miles the scorching sand stretched on every side.

I have the feel of the oar in my hand, the vision of a scorching blue sea in my eyes.

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 SCORCHING

baking

adjectivevery hot

broiling

adjectivevery hot

burning

adjectiveblazing, flashing
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