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scathe

 
 
pronunciation:
skeIth
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: scathes, scathing, scathed
definition 1: to injure with criticism.
Her father's harsh words scathed her, and she winced as he spoke.The politician was so popular that no criticism from the press could scathe him.
definition 2: to injure or damage by, or as if by, fire.
Fortunately, the rare book room was not scathed by the fire that broke out in the library.