scorch Definition

  • 1burn the surface of (something) with flame or heat.
  • 2become burnt on the surface as a result of heat or fire.
  • 3criticize (someone) severely.

Using scorch: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "scorch" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sun had scorched the grass brown.

  • Example

    The fire scorched the ceiling.

  • Example

    He was scorching the earth with his criticism.

scorch Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with scorch

  • a military strategy that involves destroying anything that might be useful to the enemy while advancing through or withdrawing from an area.


    The army implemented a scorched earth policy as they retreated from the city.

  • scorched-earth campaign

    a political strategy that involves damaging or destroying one's own resources or reputation in order to prevent the opponent from using them.


    The candidate launched a scorched-earth campaign against his opponent, attacking him relentlessly and spreading false rumors.

  • very hot; extremely high temperature.


    It's scorching hot outside today. We should stay indoors.


Summary: scorch in Brief

The verb 'scorch' [skɔːtʃ] means to burn the surface of something with flame or heat, or to become burnt on the surface as a result of heat or fire. It can also mean to criticize someone severely. Examples include 'The sun had scorched the grass brown,' and 'He was scorching the earth with his criticism.' Phrases include 'scorched earth policy,' 'scorched-earth campaign,' and 'scorching hot.'