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Scathe .] [Icel. ska[eth]a; akin to AS. scea[eth]an, sce[eth][eth]an, Dan. skade, Sw. skada, D. & G. schaden, OHG. scadon, Goth. skaþjan.]

To do harm to; to injure; to damage; to waste; to destroy.

As when heaven's fire
Hath scathed the forest oaks or mountain pines.

Strokes of calamity that scathe and scorch the soul.
W. Irwing.


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