scathe (plural scathes)
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From Middle English scathen, skathen, from Old English sceaþan, scaþan (“to scathe, hurt, harm, injure”) and Old Norse skaða (“to hurt”); both from Proto-Germanic *skaþōną (“to injure”). Cognate with Danish skade, Dutch schaden, German schaden, Swedish skada; compare Gothic 𐍃𐌺𐌰𐌸𐌾𐌰𐌽 (skaþjan), Old Norse skeðja (“to hurt”). Compare Ancient Greek ἀσκηθής (askēthḗs, “unhurt”), Albanian shkathët (“skillful, adept, clever”), Polish skaleczyć (“to hurt, scathe”).
- (archaic) To injure.
- As when heaven's fire / Hath scathed the forest oaks or mountain pines.
- Washington Irving
- Strokes of calamity that scathe and scorch the soul.