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English definition of “scalding”

scalding

adjective uk   /ˈskɔːl.dɪŋ/ us    /ˈskɑːl-/

scalding adjective (LIQUID)

If a liquid is scalding, it is extremely hot: scalding tea scalding hot water

scalding adjective (CRITICISM)

If criticism is scalding, it is very strong or violent.
(Definition of scalding from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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