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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English scathe, from Old English sceaþa (also sceaþu (scathe, harm, injury), from Proto-Germanic *skaþô (damage, scathe), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kēt- (damage, harm). Cognate with Scots skaith.


scathe (countable and uncountable, plural scathes)

  1. (archaic or dialectal) Harm; damage; injury; hurt; misfortune; waste.

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For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:scathe.


Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English scathen, skathen, from Old English sceaþian, scaþan (to scathe, hurt, harm, injure) and Old Norse skaða (to hurt), both from Proto-Germanic *skaþōną (to injure). Cognate with Scots skaith, 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).


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scathe (third-person singular simple present scathes, present participle scathing, simple past and past participle scathed)

  1. To injure or harm.
  2. To blast; scorch; wither.

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