[ US /ˈskɔɹtʃt/ ]
[ UK /skˈɔːt‍ʃt/ ]
  1. dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
    land lying baked in the heat
    the earth was scorched and bare
    sunbaked salt flats
    a vast desert all adust
    parched soil
  2. having everything destroyed so nothing is left salvageable by an enemy
    Sherman's scorched earth policy
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How To Use scorched In A Sentence

  • To the east the cordillera was scorched and spent, rubbled by decades of desperate agriculture.
  • For example, warring factions often induce drought and famine through the use of scorched-earth tactics.
  • The scorched surface should be covered with this liniment and then with a layer of borated gauze or absorbent cotton, to protect from the air. Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
  • The countryside had been scorched; the acacia hedges were tipped with orange.
  • As I type, an angry thunderstorm is rolling across the skies and the rain is lashing down onto the scorched pavements; now gently steaming.
  • They said their main worry was that their fields might be scorched. Times, Sunday Times
  • I live in an area that was scorched by drought for several years.
  • The thin leaves of deciduous trees and herbs would be scorched, so they were not evolved. EXTINCTION: Evolution and the End of Man
  • And in this charcoal ash, trained eyes can discern lots of tiny fragments of scorched grass. Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet
  • The walls had been blackened and scorched by fire.
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