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scathing

adjective uk   /ˈskeɪ.ðɪŋ/ us  
criticizing someone or something in a severe and unkind way: scathing criticism He was very scathing about the report, saying it was inaccurate.
scathingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
She spoke scathingly of the poor standard of work done by her predecessor.
Translations of “scathing”
in Spanish mordaz, incisivo, duro…
in French cinglant…
in German vernichtend…
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴厲批評的,尖刻斥責的…
in Russian едкий, уничтожающий…
in Turkish sert, kırıcı, iğneleyici…
in Chinese (Simplified) 严厉批评的,尖刻斥责的…
in Polish krytyczny, zjadliwy…
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