scathe(redirected from scathes)
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tr.v. scathed, scath·ing, scathes
1. To harm or injure, especially by fire.
2. To criticize or denounce severely; excoriate.
Harm or injury.
[Middle English skathen, from Old Norse skadha.]
1. rare to attack with severe criticism
2. archaic or dialect to injure
archaic or dialect harm
[Old English sceatha; related to Old Norse skathi, Old Saxon scatho]
v. scathed, scath•ing,
1. to attack with severe criticism.
2. to injure, as by scorching.n.
3. harm; injury.
[before 1000; (n.) Middle English scath(e), scade, schath(e) < Old Norse skathi damage, harm, c. Old English sc(e)atha malefactor, injury; (v.) Middle English scath(e), skath(e) < Old Norse skatha, c. Old English sceathian]
Past participle: scathed
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|Noun||1.||scathe - the act of damaging something or someone|
change of integrity - the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something
impairment - damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality
defacement, disfiguration, disfigurement - the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something; "the defacement of an Italian mosaic during the Turkish invasion"; "he objected to the dam's massive disfigurement of the landscape"
burn - damage inflicted by fire
defloration - an act that despoils the innocence or beauty of something
To criticize harshly and devastatingly: