Definition of searing in English:

searing

adjective

  • 1Extremely hot or intense.

    ‘the searing heat of the sun’
    ‘a searing pain’
    • ‘He could feel a searing pain in his head and his vision was blurred.’
    • ‘The searing heat will not be the only intense aspect of today's final round.’
    • ‘He squinted with pain as the searing heat passed by.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another one exploded near the side of the ship, sending searing heat and intense reddish-light across the area.’
    • ‘The visitors started at a searing pace, putting Everton's back line under frantic pressure.’
    • ‘Some religious sects believed its searing heat made it a likely location for hell.’
    • ‘A sharp, searing pain shot through his arm like a bullet.’
    • ‘Her bare skin was exposed now and already being scorched from the searing heat.’
    • ‘But suddenly, she could see fine through the searing flames.’
    • ‘Solstice's gaze drifted as the searing pain intensified.’
    • ‘He once thought that all this yearning would consume him in its searing intensity, until he could no longer bear the pain.’
    • ‘A searing flame attacked his nerves as his arm went limp at his side.’
    • ‘Danny is gagging for air, choking with the unbearable searing pain.’
    • ‘Under a searing sun, the expedition pushed northwest along the Cannonball River Valley.’
    • ‘Without a moment's thought, Ryuji placed a searing kiss on her lips.’
    • ‘Using the sticks around me, I placed the ten trout vertically around the searing flame.’
    • ‘I winced from the searing sting of pain through my neck.’
    • ‘She stamped her foot, just to be certain, instantly feeling the searing pain and heat shooting through her leg…’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Coming from a guy like Peters, this is a pretty searing indictment of Rumsfeld.’
      • ‘John Pilger recently wrote a searing indictment of the ‘liberal media’ - the Guardian and Independent very much included.’
      • ‘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 film is less a searing and devastating political attack upon Bush, than an emotional outpouring against him.’
      • ‘Instead of a searing indictment of capitalism, black top-hatted fatcats, and laissez-faire government, it was a love letter.’
      • ‘The L.A. Times team has written a searing, unflinching and unequivocal indictment of a morally criminal operation bereft of any apologies or doubts.’
      • ‘The White House is in massive damage control mode today after another searing, book-length indictment from a former insider.’
      • ‘It is a searing indictment of the Bush administration for its willful ignorance, ideological agenda, and above all, a profound failure of leadership.’
      • ‘It's also a searing indictment of modern society's obsession with spin.’
      • ‘In this searing indictment, he argues that the law lord's findings clearly contradict the evidence he heard.’
      • ‘Barry's ability to write with such intensity and honesty about his own family makes for a searing, intense drama.’
      • ‘This amounts to a searing indictment of the union itself.’
      • ‘Passionate, committed and a searing indictment of capitalism, imperialism and war.’
      • ‘The Truth About Drug Companies, by Dr Marcia Angell, is a searing indictment of an industry that has a cynical contempt for consumers.’
      • ‘I also liked the people who read the piece as a searing indictment of corporate sponsorship.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His report was never going to be the searing, damning indictment some had longed for.’
      fierce, savage, blistering, scathing, stinging, devastating, mordant, trenchant, caustic, cutting, biting, withering, virulent, vitriolic
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Pronunciation

searing

/ˈsiriNG//ˈsɪrɪŋ/