caustic, vitriolic, pungent, cutting, stinging, acrid, critical, mordacious, astringent, vituperative, mordant, acid, attack, acerbic, sharp, trenchant, truculent, acidic, respect, corrosive, biting.
brutal (part of speech: adjective)
attacking (part of speech: verb)
Miss Bobinet would shriek at Susan, and Susan would shriek back; then both would indulge in scathing
criticism of the other in an undertone to Nance.
- "Calvary Alley", Alice Hegan Rice.
Later, Diana was to learn that Baroni's most scathing
criticisms and most furious reproofs were always delivered in a low, half- whispering tone that fairly seared the victim.
- "The Splendid Folly", Margaret Pedler.
Once they were alone, Mandi stepped very close to Cade and was about to say something scathing
when Cade said, " Okay, maybe that was a poor choice of words, but I guarantee you'll be glad I showed you the pictures."
- "An Encounter in Atlanta", Ed Howdershelt.