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scathing

adjective     /ˈskeɪ.ðɪŋ/
criticizing someone or something in a severe and unkind way: scathing criticism He was very scathing about the report, saying it was inaccurate.Critical and uncomplimentary scathingly     /-li/ adverb She spoke scathingly of the poor standard of work done by her predecessor.Critical and uncomplimentary
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