American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To harm or injure, especially by fire.
- v. To criticize or denounce severely; excoriate.
- n. Harm or injury.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To injure; harm; hurt.
- n. Harm; injury; damage; mischief.
- n. Disadvantage; a matter of regret; a pity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To do harm to; to injure; to damage; to waste; to destroy.
- n. the act of damaging something or someone
- From Middle English scathen, skathen, from Old English sceaþan, scaþan ("to scathe, hurt, harm, injure") and Old Norse skaða ("to hurt"); both from Proto-Germanic *skaþōnan (“to injure”). Cognate with Danish skade, German schaden, Swedish skada; compare Gothic 𐍃𐌺𐌰𐌸𐌾𐌰𐌽 (skaþjan), Old Norse skeðja ("to hurt"). Compare Ancient Greek ἀσκηθής (askēthēs, "unhurt"), Albanian shkathët ("skillful, adept, clever"), Polish skaleczyć ("to hurt, scathe"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English skathen, from Old Norse skadha. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“scathing satire' (does satire ever 'scathe'?) or Fielding's rough horseplay.”
“Oh, boy, is the letter that I write to Customer Service going to scathe.”
“The bootstrap callousness and sometimes-unnoticed regiment of ones outlook on life can easily scorn, ignore and sometimes even scathe the existence of those who are so heavily compromised.”
“People quote his scathe on the British intelligentsia, but forget that his attacks went beyond one, single quote or his two most famous books, Animal Farm and 1984.”
“If you wish to scathe Mexico, balance it with available blood curdling, statistics from your/our own US of A, provided below.”
“He will come next by some scathe in the hobbleshow, and then it will be, ‘Dorothy, get the lint,’ and ‘Dorothy, spread the plaster;’ but now it is nothing but nonsense, and a lie, and impossibility, that can come out of”
“Reviewers called it a scathing, devastating expose of the former centerfold and reality star, but frankly, it wasn't that hard to scathe and devastate.”
“For now men fell on them, and they defended themselves in good and manly wise, and were the scathe of many a man, nor would iron bite on them.”
“Now telleth the tale concerning the sons of Gudrun, that she had arrayed their war-raiment in such wise, that no steel would bite thereon; and she bade them play not with stones or other heavy matters, for that it would be to their scathe if they did so.”
“Oh, and most of the scathe in my post was fairly mild. chouinard and I tend to substitute perjoratives for ... everything, actually.”
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