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v. scorched, scorch·ing, scorch·es
1. To burn superficially so as to discolor or damage the texture of. See Synonyms at burn1.
2. To dry out or wither with intense heat: The sun scorched the plains.
3. To destroy (land and buildings) by fire or military action so as to leave nothing salvageable to an enemy army.
4. To subject to severe censure; excoriate.
1. To become scorched or singed.
2. To go or move at a very fast, often excessively fast rate.
1. A slight or surface burn.
2. Brown spotting on plant leaves caused by pathogens, heat, or lack of water.

[Middle English scorchen, possibly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skorpna, to shrink, be shriveled.]

scorch′ing·ly adv.


1. slightly burned
2. parched or withered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.scorched - dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlightscorched - dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; "a vast desert all adust"; "land lying baked in the heat"; "parched soil"; "the earth was scorched and bare"; "sunbaked salt flats"
dry - free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; "dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry"
2.scorched - having everything destroyed so nothing is left salvageable by an enemy; "Sherman's scorched earth policy"
destroyed - spoiled or ruined or demolished; "war left many cities destroyed"; "Alzheimer's is responsible for her destroyed mind"
References in classic literature ?
Because I am scorched all over, Captain Ahab, answered Perth, resting for a moment on his hammer; I am past scorching; not easily can'st thou scorch a scar.
The bailiff came in, and said everything, thank God, was doing well; but informed him that the buckwheat in the new drying machine had been a little scorched.
Edna said she did not mind a little scorched taste.
I am too hot and scorched with mine own thought: often is it ready to take away my breath.
Looking towards the river, we were astonished to see an unaccountable redness mingling with the black of the scorched meadows.
In one place we blundered upon a scorched and blackened area, now cooling and ashen, and a number of scattered dead bodies of men, burned horribly about the heads and trunks but with their legs and boots mostly intact; and of dead horses, fifty feet, perhaps, behind a line of four ripped guns and smashed gun carriages.
The sun, a red ball through the dust, burned and scorched his back intolerably through his black coat.
Brain and body, scorched and jangled and poisoned, return to be tuned up by the very poison that caused the damage.
You see the bones; the crackling and scorched hide, and the grinning teeth.
That I should mistake the hide of a buffaloe, scorched and crimpled as it is, for the carcass of a horse
ISLAMABAD: Two children were burnt to death and two others were scorched due to the fire in shanties in the federal capital on Friday.
SHIKARPUR -- A teenager girl was burnt to death while another was scorched when unidentified men set a house on fire here on Saturday.