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Synonyms for scorch

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. scorch

    To burn is to subject to the action of fire, or of intense heat so as to effect either partial change or complete combustion; as, to burn wood in the fire; to burn one's hand on a hot stove; the sun burns the face. One brands with a hot iron, but cauterizes with some corrosive substance, as silver nitrate. Cremate is now used specifically for consuming a dead body by intense heat. To incinerate is to reduce to ashes; the sense differs little from that of cremate, but it is in less popular use. To kindle is to set on fire, as if with a candle; ignite is the more learned and scientific word for the same thing, extending even to the heating of metals to a state of incandescence without burning. To scorch and to singe are superficial, and to char usually so. Both kindle and burn have an extensive figurative use; as, to kindle strife; to burn with wrath, love, devotion, curiosity. Compare LIGHT.

    blaze, brand, burn, cauterize, char, consume, cremate, flame, flash, ignite, incinerate, kindle, set fire to, set on fire, singe

    cool, extinguish, put out, smother, stifle, subdue

    To burn in the fire, burn with fire; burn to the ground, burn to ashes; burn through the skin, or the roof; burn into the soil, etc.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scorch, singenoun

    a surface burn


  2. scorchnoun

    a plant disease that produces a browning or scorched appearance of plant tissues


  3. scorchverb

    a discoloration caused by heat


  4. sear, scorchverb

    make very hot and dry

    "The heat scorched the countryside"

    singe, parch, char, blacken, sear

  5. scorch, sear, singeverb

    become superficially burned

    "my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames"

    singe, parch, char, blacken, sear, swinge

  6. scorchverb

    destroy completely by or as if by fire

    "The wildfire scorched the forest and several homes"; "the invaders scorched the land"

    singe, char, blacken, sear

  7. char, blacken, sear, scorchverb

    burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color

    "The cook blackened the chicken breast"; "The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece"; "the flames scorched the ceiling"

    melanize, blacken, sear, singe, nigrify, parch, melanise, coal, black, char

  8. scorchverb

    become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions

    "The exposed tree scorched in the hot sun"

    singe, char, blacken, sear

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. scorchverb

    burn (slightly), singe, char, roast, parch

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. scorchverb

    singe, char, torrefy, burn, parch

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  1. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th earl of Chesterfield, 1749:

    That ready wit, which you so partially allow me, ... may create many admirers; but, take my word for it, it makes few friends. It shines and dazzles like the noonday sun, but, like that, too, it is very apt to scorch, and therefore is always feared. The milder morning and evening light and heat of that planet soothe and calm our minds. Never seek for wit; if it present itself, well and good; but even then, let your judgement interpose, and take care that it be not at the expense of anybody.

  2. Lucretius:

    Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.

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  • شيطArabic
  • ütməkAzerbaijani
  • versengenGerman
  • chamuscarSpanish
  • korventaa, korventua, paahtaa, kärventyä, paahtua, kärventää, kärventymä, polttaaFinnish
  • bruletarIdo
  • strinatura, bruciatura, incenerire, scottarsi, incendiare, imbrunimento, bruciacchiatura, bruciare, bruciacchiare, fare tabula rasa, ardere, scottareItalian
  • 질주Korean
  • urereLatin
  • verschroeien, verzengen, schroeienDutch
  • przypiekaćPolish
  • вы́жечь, выжига́ть, обже́чь, опаля́ться, опаля́ть, опали́ть, вы́гореть, ожо́г, обжига́ть, спали́ть, выгора́ть, опали́ться, пали́тьRussian
  • brännaSwedish
  • ไหม้เกรียมThai

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