scorch
I. verb Etymology: Middle English; probably akin to Middle English scorcnen to become singed, scorklen to parch Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to burn a surface of so as to change its color and texture 2. a. to dry or shrivel with or as if with intense heat ; parch b. to afflict painfully with censure or sarcasm 3. devastate; especially to destroy (as property of possible use to an advancing enemy) before abandoning — used in the phrase scorched earth intransitive verb 1. to become scorched 2. to travel at great and usually excessive speed 3. to cause intense heat or mental anguish <
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scorchingly adverb II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a result of scorching 2. a browning of plant tissues usually from disease or heat III. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, perhaps blend of scoren to score and scocchen to scotch Date: 14th century dialect British cut, slash

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