Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To burn or sear with a cautery.
  • transitive verb To deaden, as to feelings or moral scruples; callous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To burn or sear with fire or a hot iron, or with caustics, as morbid flesh.
  • To sear, in a figurative sense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To burn or sear with a cautery or caustic.
  • transitive verb To sear, as the conscience.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To burn, sear, or freeze tissue using a hot iron, electric current or a caustic agent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent
  • verb make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English cauterizen, from Late Latin cautērizāre, to cauterize, brand, from Latin cautērium, cautery; see cautery.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French cauteriser, from Late Latin cauterizare ("to burn with a hot iron"), from Ancient Greek καυτηριάζω (kautēriazō, "to brand"), from καυτήρ (kautēr, "branding iron"), from καίειν (kaiein, "to burn").

Examples

  • Sources who tracked the investigation tell Newsmax that the main target of the breach was the Obama passport file, and that the contractor accessed the file in order to "cauterize" the records of potentially embarrassing information.

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  • "Sources who tracked the investigation tell Newsmax that the main target of the breach was the Obama passport file, and that the contractor accessed the file in order to 'cauterize' the records of potentially embarrassing information.

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  • He was using it to cauterize little capillaries that were sprouting in the inner chest.

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  • We must get stuff out into the open, tear the scab off this wound, apply a stinging astringent to it, and cauterize it with a blowtorch.

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  • He was using it to cauterize little capillaries that were sprouting in the inner chest.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • For though I may have been able to cheat it, in the end the comfort gained could well cauterize the wound of love, and limp the iron endurance required of a courier.

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  • The rain cannot cauterize the burning, the flames that engulf my skin.

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  • We must get stuff out into the open, tear the scab off this wound, apply a stinging astringent to it, and cauterize it with a blowtorch.

    Silpa Kovvali: Tiger Brother: An Interview With Wesley Yang

  • We must get stuff out into the open, tear the scab off this wound, apply a stinging astringent to it, and cauterize it with a blowtorch.

    Silpa Kovvali: Tiger Brother: An Interview With Wesley Yang

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