Part of speech:
Any of various crystalline double salts of a trivalent metal (such as aluminum, chromium, or iron) and a monovalent metal (such as potassium or sodium), especially aluminum potassium sulfate. Alum is widely used in industry as a hardener and purifier, and in medicine as an emetic and to stop bleeding.
Compressing or tending to compress
Unpleasant, uncomfortable, or hostile to survival:
Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance:
Containing excessive levels of peroxides. Used of gasoline.
Difficult to endure; oppressive:
Specifically, that stops bleeding.
Any of various other substances that promote the tanning of leather, such as chromium salts.
Sharp or bitter in tone or meaning; cutting.
Having a soothing effect; not irritating or stimulating.
(Of a rule or punishment) Of only moderate severity.
Sharp or biting, as in character or expression:
Acid is defined as something that has a sour taste, or something that has a pH of less than 7 in chemistry.
Injuring or capable of injuring the feelings; caustic:
Capable of or designed for incising, shearing, or severing:
Penetrating, biting, or caustic:
The definition of scathing is something or someone severely and harshly critical.
Designed or used for carrying out a hostile or aggressive attack
So sharp as to cause mental pain
a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue
(Mathematics) (of a topological set) Able to be reduced to one of its points by a continuous deformation
Having the power of contracting
A pump or other machine that increases the pressure of a gas.
Imposing or commanding adherence to a commitment, an obligation, or a duty:
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