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Definition of scorch:

  1. To affect painfully with heat, or as with heat; to dry up with heat; to affect as by heat.
  2. To be burnt on the surface; to be parched; to be dried up.
  3. To burn or be burnt.
  4. To burn superficially; to parch, or shrivel, the surface of, by heat; to subject to so much heat as changes color and texture without consuming; as, to scorch linen.
  5. To burn; to destroy by, or as by, fire.
  6. To ride or drive at great, usually at excessive, speed; - applied chiefly to automobilists and bicyclists. [ Colloq.]

Synonyms:

swinge, nigrify, drub, hurt, desiccate, set fire to, take its toll, char, melanise, set on fire, brand, burn down, singe, to the ground, score, rip into, torment, stain, damage, black, bother, kindle, praise, slam, cauterize, kill, coal, harm, slap, blister, incinerate, suffer, stifle, melanize, parch, scourge, flash, spoil, injure, set light to something, torch, blaze, consume, excoriate, sear, flame, shrivel, mark, mar, desiccate, ignite, trouble, hot, dehydrate, ache, study at burn, disfigure, blacken, cremate.

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