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Scath

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scath skăth Harm; damage; injury; hurt; waste; misfortune. "But she was somedeal deaf, and that was skathe .""Great mercy, sure, for to enlarge a thrall,
      Whose freedom shall thee turn to greatest scath ."
      "Wherein Rome hath done you any scath,
      Let him make treble satisfaction."
    • v. t Scath To do harm to; to injure; to damage; to waste; to destroy. "As when heaven's fire
      Hath scathed the forest oaks or mountain pines."
      "Strokes of calamity that scathe and scorch the soul."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scath An erroneous spelling of scathe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scath skāth damage, injury: waste
    • v.t Scath to injure
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. skaði,; akin to Dan. skade, Sw. skada, AS. sceaða, scaða, foe, injurer, OS. skaðo, D. schade, harm, injury, OHG. scade, G. schade, schaden,; cf. Gr. 'askhqh`s unharmed. Cf. Scathe (v.)

Usage

In literature:

The fiercer element had cropped the verdure of the plain, which looked as though it were scathed by the consuming lightning.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
But her conscience stood up before her in the dark and arraigned her with pitiless, scathing scorn.
"Judith Lynn" by Annie Hamilton Donnell
It was a scathing satire, and men felt the rebuke.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
Philip's agony broke its restraint, and Mrs. Latimer never forgot his scathing denunciation.
"A Man of Two Countries" by Alice Harriman
Sincere, scathing, and impressive, his following was large and devoted.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
Nor saw I ought could augur scathe.
"Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
The land lies scathed and blackened under the curse of the Almighty.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Think of Madame du Deffand, sceptical, sarcastic; feared and hated even in her blind old age for her scathing criticisms.
"The Wit of Women" by Kate Sanborn
Miss Gibbs herself could not have been more scathing in her sarcasms than Linda.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
But she controlled the impulse to make an equally scathing retort, and remarked, with a quiet irony that was tenfold more effective.
"The Masked Bridal" by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
The little man's attempt at saddling, under any other circumstances, would have brought forth Bill's most scathing contempt.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
The play constitutes a scathing arraignment of the artistic temperament.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
Frederick took the opportunity to make a few scathing remarks to Percival.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. CLVIII, January 7, 1920" by Various
Sometimes a squirrel or bird or an unsuspecting barn-fowl is scathed and withered beneath this terrible visitation.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
He scathes with his lightning and awes with his thunder.
"Talkers" by John Bate
Kit, rising in her seat, prepares for battle, and is indeed about to hurl a scathing rebuke upon him, when Miss Priscilla interrupts her.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
I remember an incident of this kind which occurred last summer in my office while I was writing something scathing.
"Cordwood" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
I pay you homage in the hopes That rise to scale life's scathed slopes.
"Songs of the Silent World" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Slowly, scathingly, she looked him over from head to foot and slowly back again.
"Bransford of Rainbow Range" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
Scorch, scathe, and punish me in this world; do but spare me in the next!
"Mary, Help of Christians" by Various
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In poetry:

Tempests may scath;
But love can not make smart
Again this year his heart
Who no heart hath.
"In Tenebris" by Thomas Hardy
Awful is thy ocean-wrath,
And none can chart thy shoals
When storm unassuaging hath
Blotted sun and planet-path.
Shall she, Lord, escape the scath
And live, with all her souls?
"Navis Ignota" by Cale Young Rice
Whose was the right and the wrong?
Sing it, O funeral song,
With a voice that is full of tears,
And say that our broken faith
Wrought all this ruin and scathe,
In the Year of a Hundred Years.
"The Revenge Of Rain-In-The-Face. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To smile on my Cidli: she sleeps,— O be still,
Hush'd be thy soft-flowing notes, O my lyre,
Thy laurels mine anger shall scathe and shall kill,
If thou waken with murmurs my sleeping desire.
"To Cidli, Asleep. (From Klopstock)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
But hills and flowers are nane of ours,
And ours are over sea:
And the kind strange land whereon we stand,
It wotsna what were we
Or ever we came, wi' scathe and shame,
To try what end might be.
"A Jacobite's Exile" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
"That sin-scathed brow" (quoth Bard the second), "That eye wide ope as tho' Fate beckoned
My hero to some steep, beneath
Which precipice smiled tempting Death ..."
You too without your host have reckoned!
"Tray" by Robert Browning

In news:

Whiny, Disgruntled Employee's Scathing Email Goes Viral.
Whiny Disgruntled Employee's Scathing Email Goes Viral.
Staff Explains Departure in Scathing Statement.
Our friends over at The Grio.com have posted a scathing article calling Stevie J out as a woman abuser .
In 1865, an Illinois-based journalist wrote a scathing report on post-Civil War life in the South.
Ombudsman Fiona Crean under attack for scathing report.
Scathing report finds lack of clarity in agency's mission, vision and strategy.
A Chinese comedian's scathing critique of corrupt officials.
Microsoft MSFT is no stranger to criticism these days, and the company's new Windows 8 platform is once again the target of a scathing review from a high-profile user.
The scathing report was made possible because Forsyth was able to trace back the scheme to text messages that were sent between Bolger and Schmidt.
One-Woman Show Depicts Scathing Columnist Molly Ivins.
Scathing Audit Raises Questions at Texas Fire Dept.
GSA head resigns after scathing IG report.
Forestry chief resigns after scathing audit.
A scathing report hit the Boston University hockey team.
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