searing

When something is intense, it's searing. If you fall while roller skating, the searing pain in your leg is a sign that you've really hurt yourself.

Searing comes from the verb sear, "burn or brand." The searing heat of the sun beating down on a sweltering day might make you seek relief in the icy cold ocean — it's that powerful. This adjective usually describes extreme heat or pain, but you can also use it for similarly intense criticism. Don't let your debate opponent's searing rebuttal fluster you!

Definitions of searing
  1. adjective
    extremely hot
    synonyms: fervent, fervid
    hot
    used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning
  2. adjective
    intense or sharp
    synonyms: exquisite, keen
    intense
    possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
  3. adjective
    severely critical
    Synonyms:
    critical
    marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws
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