Definition of searing in US English:

searing

adjective

  • 1Extremely hot or intense.

    ‘the searing heat of the sun’
    ‘a searing pain’
    • ‘The searing heat will not be the only intense aspect of today's final round.’
    • ‘Danny is gagging for air, choking with the unbearable searing pain.’
    • ‘The visitors started at a searing pace, putting Everton's back line under frantic pressure.’
    • ‘Her bare skin was exposed now and already being scorched from the searing heat.’
    • ‘Another one exploded near the side of the ship, sending searing heat and intense reddish-light across the area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some religious sects believed its searing heat made it a likely location for hell.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘Without a moment's thought, Ryuji placed a searing kiss on her lips.’
    • ‘He could feel a searing pain in his head and his vision was blurred.’
    • ‘Using the sticks around me, I placed the ten trout vertically around the searing flame.’
    • ‘Solstice's gaze drifted as the searing pain intensified.’
    • ‘A minute later Arsenal extended their lead after breaking with searing pace.’
    • ‘He squinted with pain as the searing heat passed by.’
    • ‘Under a searing sun, the expedition pushed northwest along the Cannonball River Valley.’
    • ‘But suddenly, she could see fine through the searing flames.’
    • ‘A sharp, searing pain shot through his arm like a bullet.’
    • ‘He deftly finds her lips and bends her in a long, searing kiss.’
    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.’
      • ‘His report was never going to be the searing, damning indictment some had longed for.’
      • ‘The White House is in massive damage control mode today after another searing, book-length indictment from a former insider.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Passionate, committed and a searing indictment of capitalism, imperialism and war.’
      • ‘The L.A. Times team has written a searing, unflinching and unequivocal indictment of a morally criminal operation bereft of any apologies or doubts.’
      • ‘I also liked the people who read the piece as a searing indictment of corporate sponsorship.’
      • ‘You might expect the music of this remarkable life to express a searing, protesting intensity.’
      • ‘It's also a searing indictment of modern society's obsession with spin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is a searing indictment of the Bush administration for its willful ignorance, ideological agenda, and above all, a profound failure of leadership.’
      • ‘In this searing indictment, he argues that the law lord's findings clearly contradict the evidence he heard.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Barry's ability to write with such intensity and honesty about his own family makes for a searing, intense drama.’
      • ‘Coming from a guy like Peters, this is a pretty searing indictment of Rumsfeld.’
      fierce, savage, blistering, scathing, stinging, devastating, mordant, trenchant, caustic, cutting, biting, withering, virulent, vitriolic
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Pronunciation

searing

/ˈsiriNG//ˈsɪrɪŋ/