Definition of searing in US English:



  • 1Extremely hot or intense.

    ‘the searing heat of the sun’
    ‘a searing pain’
    • ‘I winced from the searing sting of pain through my neck.’
    • ‘Under a searing sun, the expedition pushed northwest along the Cannonball River Valley.’
    • ‘Some religious sects believed its searing heat made it a likely location for hell.’
    • ‘The visitors started at a searing pace, putting Everton's back line under frantic pressure.’
    • ‘The searing heat will not be the only intense aspect of today's final round.’
    • ‘Another one exploded near the side of the ship, sending searing heat and intense reddish-light across the area.’
    • ‘He squinted with pain as the searing heat passed by.’
    • ‘He could feel a searing pain in his head and his vision was blurred.’
    • ‘She stamped her foot, just to be certain, instantly feeling the searing pain and heat shooting through her leg…’
    • ‘He deftly finds her lips and bends her in a long, searing kiss.’
    • ‘A minute later Arsenal extended their lead after breaking with searing pace.’
    • ‘Danny is gagging for air, choking with the unbearable searing pain.’
    • ‘A sharp, searing pain shot through his arm like a bullet.’
    • ‘But suddenly, she could see fine through the searing flames.’
    • ‘Without a moment's thought, Ryuji placed a searing kiss on her lips.’
    • ‘Solstice's gaze drifted as the searing pain intensified.’
    • ‘Her bare skin was exposed now and already being scorched from the searing heat.’
    • ‘Using the sticks around me, I placed the ten trout vertically around the searing flame.’
    • ‘A searing flame attacked his nerves as his arm went limp at his side.’
    • ‘He once thought that all this yearning would consume him in its searing intensity, until he could no longer bear the pain.’
    scorching, blistering, flaming, blazing, blazing hot, baking, baking hot, burning, fiery, torrid, parching, withering
    intense, excruciating, agonizing, sharp, stabbing, shooting, stinging, severe, extreme, fierce, harrowing, piercing, penetrating, racking, insufferable, unbearable, unendurable, torturous
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    1. 1.1 Severely critical.
      ‘a searing indictment of the government's performance’
      • ‘This amounts to a searing indictment of the union itself.’
      • ‘Instead of a searing indictment of capitalism, black top-hatted fatcats, and laissez-faire government, it was a love letter.’
      • ‘His report was never going to be the searing, damning indictment some had longed for.’
      • ‘The L.A. Times team has written a searing, unflinching and unequivocal indictment of a morally criminal operation bereft of any apologies or doubts.’
      • ‘John Pilger recently wrote a searing indictment of the ‘liberal media’ - the Guardian and Independent very much included.’
      • ‘The Truth About Drug Companies, by Dr Marcia Angell, is a searing indictment of an industry that has a cynical contempt for consumers.’
      • ‘Coming from a guy like Peters, this is a pretty searing indictment of Rumsfeld.’
      • ‘In this searing indictment, he argues that the law lord's findings clearly contradict the evidence he heard.’
      • ‘The film is less a searing and devastating political attack upon Bush, than an emotional outpouring against him.’
      • ‘You might expect the music of this remarkable life to express a searing, protesting intensity.’
      • ‘And yet, he sits in a chair in his synagogue and gives a searing criticism of the mainstream Jewish community's approach to people of color.’
      • ‘It is a searing indictment of the Bush administration for its willful ignorance, ideological agenda, and above all, a profound failure of leadership.’
      • ‘Barry's ability to write with such intensity and honesty about his own family makes for a searing, intense drama.’
      • ‘Passionate, committed and a searing indictment of capitalism, imperialism and war.’
      • ‘It's a searing indictment of a political elite which can champion Britpop and a return to 1960s cool on the one hand without realising the implications.’
      • ‘I also liked the people who read the piece as a searing indictment of corporate sponsorship.’
      • ‘It's also a searing indictment of modern society's obsession with spin.’
      • ‘After hearing the searing criticism of Rice's food services, Ditman made it his goal to make improvements and change the university's reputation.’
      • ‘The White House is in massive damage control mode today after another searing, book-length indictment from a former insider.’
      fierce, savage, blistering, scathing, stinging, devastating, mordant, trenchant, caustic, cutting, biting, withering, virulent, vitriolic
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