One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbusually be scathed
1with object and usually with negative Harm; injure.‘he was barely scathed’
hurt, wound, harm, damage, disableView synonyms
- ‘He'd been hit a few times, but for someone of his magnitude, it barely scathed him.’
- 1.1literary Damage or destroy by fire or lightning.
- ‘The little wiry bushes that grow all over Yosemite seem to be barely scathed by the flames in places, a tribute to their hardiness.’
Middle English: from Old Norse skathi (noun), skatha (verb); related to Dutch and German schaden (verb).
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