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1The action of cooking something in an oven or over an open fire.
- ‘He had unusually thick glasses, which aided in the lighting of the signal fire and in the roasting of the pigs.’
- ‘A number of cocoa-processing factors, including bean origin and roasting, combine to influence cocoa powder attributes.’
- ‘Stratford was famous for its malting - the roasting and grinding of grain, usually barley, for use in brewing.’
- 1.1informal [in singular] A severe criticism or reprimand.‘I was in for a roasting at the next meeting’
reprimand, rebuke, reproof, remonstrance, reproach, admonishment, stricture, lecture, criticism, recrimination, tirade, diatribe, philippic, harangue, attackView synonyms
- ‘Could this have anything to do with the roasting he gave the New Yorker's film critic recently?’
- ‘It's infuriating to think about how low the standards of satire have become, and how seldom TV gets anything like the roasting it did on SCTV.’
- ‘The decision had nothing to do with his excellent roasting of the film critic, but rather a belief by the paper's editors that it was time for him to ply his talents elsewhere.’
- ‘If after this you expect a royal roasting, I am sorry to disappoint you: the revival show is still rattling good fun.’
- ‘After that film received a sound critical roasting, he took a break of several years from live action film making, returning to the anime world that was his original home.’
- ‘The film's basic story is appealing, and despite the critical roasting, Chaplin tells his story well.’
Very hot and dry.‘a roasting day in Miami’
extremely hot, sweltering, scorching, blistering, searing, torridsizzlingView synonyms
- ‘We hurried out into the roasting midday sun, squinting through the haze at the stand-off on the next hilltop.’
- ‘It's been roasting here for the past two days with temperatures in excess of 90 degrees.’
- ‘The group are required to trek across a roasting hot south Californian desert to reach an American flag some 53 miles away within three days and without getting caught by the Feds.’
- ‘The turkey vulture is not the only opportunist circling in the roasting sun of the Chihuahuan desert.’
- ‘In urban areas, a combination of roasting summers and increased pollution will also begin to take their toll on health, particularly in poor communities where air-conditioning is out of the question.’
- ‘The sky is gray but it's roasting.’
- ‘The storms were followed by roasting heat and with temperatures reaching record levels in some parts of the country.’
- ‘Sometimes, there would be no breeze at all, and it would be roasting hot, and you'd lie awake, drenched in sweat.’
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