Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb scorch

5 senses of scorch

Sense 1
sear, scorch -- (make very hot and dry; "The heat scorched the countryside")
       => heat, heat up -- (make hot or hotter; "the sun heats the oceans"; "heat the water on the stove")

Sense 2
scorch, sear, singe -- (become superficially burned; "my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames")
       => burn, combust -- (undergo combustion; "Maple wood burns well")

Sense 3
scorch -- (destroy completely by or as if by fire; "The wildfire scorched the forest and several homes"; "the invaders scorched the land")
       => burn, fire, burn down -- (destroy by fire; "They burned the house and his diaries")

Sense 4
char, blacken, sear, scorch -- (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")
       => burn -- (burn with heat, fire, or radiation; "The iron burnt a hole in my dress")

Sense 5
scorch -- (become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions; "The exposed tree scorched in the hot sun")
       => dry, dry out -- (become dry or drier; "The laundry dries in the sun")

Antonyms of adj scorched

2 senses of scorched

Sense 1
adust, baked, parched, scorched, sunbaked -- (dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; "a vast desert all adust"; "land lying baked in the heat"; "parched soil"; "the earth was scorched and bare"; "sunbaked salt flats")

INDIRECT (VIA dry) -> wet -- (covered or soaked with a liquid such as water; "a wet bathing suit"; "wet sidewalks"; "wet weather")

Sense 2
scorched -- (having everything destroyed so nothing is left salvageable by an enemy; "Sherman's scorched earth policy")

INDIRECT (VIA destroyed) -> preserved -- (kept intact or in a particular condition)

Similarity of adj scorched

2 senses of scorched

Sense 1
adust, baked, parched, scorched, sunbaked -- (dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; "a vast desert all adust"; "land lying baked in the heat"; "parched soil"; "the earth was scorched and bare"; "sunbaked salt flats")
       => dry (vs. wet) -- (free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; "dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry")

Sense 2
scorched -- (having everything destroyed so nothing is left salvageable by an enemy; "Sherman's scorched earth policy")
       => destroyed (vs. preserved) -- (spoiled or ruined or demolished; "war left many cities destroyed"; "Alzheimer's is responsible for her destroyed mind")

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