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sear 1

 (sîr)
v. seared, sear·ing, sears
v.tr.
1. To char, scorch, or burn the surface of.
2. To brown (meat) quickly using very high heat. See Synonyms at burn1.
3. To cause to dry up and wither.
4.
a. To cause emotional pain or trauma to: "The image of the burdened, solitary president ... seared the American mind as never before" (James Carroll).
b. To cause to be felt or remembered because of emotional intensity: "Such increases in value have seared into people's minds the idea that investments will almost always pay off" (David Leonhardt).
v.intr.
1. To become dried up or withered.
2. To be felt or remembered because of emotional intensity: The incident seared into the nation's memory.
n.
A condition, such as a scar, produced by searing.

[Middle English seren, from Old English sēarian, to wither, from sēar, withered.]

sear 2

 (sîr)
n.
The catch in a gunlock that keeps the hammer halfcocked or fully cocked.

[Probably French serre, something that grasps, from Old French, lock, from serrer, to grasp, from Vulgar Latin *serrāre, from Late Latin serāre, to bolt, from Latin sera, bar, bolt; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]

sear 3

 (sîr)
adj.
Variant of sere1.
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searing

(ˈsɪərɪŋ)
adj
1. burning
2. intense
3. fierce; highly critical
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.searing - severely critical
critical - marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws; "a critical attitude"
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searing

adjective
2. cutting, biting, severe, bitter, harsh, scathing, acrimonious, barbed, hurtful, sarcastic, sardonic, caustic, vitriolic, trenchant, mordant, mordacious, acerb They have long been subject to searing criticism.
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searing

adjective
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Translations

searing

[ˈsɪərɪŋ] ADJ [heat] → ardiente; [pain] → agudo; [criticism] → mordaz, acerbo
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searing

[ˈsɪərɪŋ] adj
[heat] → brûlant(e)
[pain] → cuisant(e)sea salt nsel m de mer
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

searing

adj heatglühend; pain alsoscharf; windglühend heiß; (fig) (= painful) grief, sense of lossquälend; (= forceful) indictment, attackscharf; documentaryeindringlich
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searing

[ˈsɪərɪŋ] adj (heat) → rovente; (pain) → acuto/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
I did inherit Thy withering portion with the fame, The searing glory which hath shone Amid the jewels of my throne, Halo of Hell!
It's burning, searing pain to love her and leave her--but not to have loved her is unthinkable.
The lamp of love was burning brightly on the altar of passion, and searing the hearts of the two unfortunate sufferers.