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scathe Line breaks: scathe
Pronunciation: /skeɪð/

Definition of scathe in English:


[with object and usually with negative]
1Harm; injure: he was barely scathed
More example sentences
  • He'd been hit a few times, but for someone of his magnitude, it barely scathed him.
1.1 literary Damage or destroy by fire or lightning: the pine tree scathed by lightning-fire
More example sentences
  • The little wiry bushes that grow all over Yosemite seem to be barely scathed by the flames in places, a tribute to their hardiness.


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Harm; injury: it was cheering to hear that you had got through winter and diphtheria without scathe





Middle English: from Old Norse skathi (noun), skatha (verb); related to Dutch and German schaden (verb).

Words that rhyme with scathe

bathe, lathe, rathe, spathe, swathe

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