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    a searing pain

    Dear teachers,

    I know some English connotations concerning the term “pain” like: an acute pain, an excruciating pain, a great pain, an intense pain, a maddening pain, a piercing pain, a sever pain, a sharp pain, a chronic pain, a constant pain, a gnawing pain, a persistent pain, a steady pain, a dull pain, an intractable pain, a stubborn pain, a nagging pain, a referred pain, a shooting pain, a slight pain, a stabbing pain, a sudden pain, a throbbing pain , a mental pain, a suffering pain, a distress pain, a physical pain.

    Would you be kind enough to tell me with plain English words the meaning of the expression “a searing pain”?

    searing (adj.) = marked by much heat

    Then why there is a sentence like: “I have a burning searing pain in my stomach.”

    Why do i have a searing pain in my urinery area?
    He runs forward to reach her when he suddenly feels a searing pain in his neck.
    White searing pain exploded throughout my being and blood gushed from my lips as
    I struggled to stifle a scream.
    The waves push at you, and when a big wave comes, you feel a horrible searing
    pain
    as your head goes underwater and you wait to breathe again. ...
    I felt a searing pain in the same area and couldn't move for 30 minutes.
    For anyone rash enough to seize it, the effect is instantaneous --; searing pain , swelling, convulsions, unconsciousness and sometimes death.
    Across his scalp and down to his brows spread a searing pain .
    He threw it away, gritting his teeth against the searing pain of his back, but the pain of his injured pride was worse.
    Grant felt a hammer blow strike him on the right breast and a searing pain in his right bicep.

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.


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    Re: a searing pain

    It usually means a very intense pain like that if you sear yourself with a hot iron.

    The sentence containing "searing" and "burning" is either emphasising the nature of the pain or suggesting that it is both acute and ongoing. "Burning" is not necessarily as sharp as searing.

    In your list of described pains, I think you may have meant a "distressing pain".

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    Re: a searing pain

    The word sear means "To char, scorch, or burn the surface of with or as if with a hot instrument."

    A searing pain comes from the description of the pain that would be felt by this action. Do not try it at home but sure you could imagine how it would feel.

    As Anglika says it is more intense than burning pain.

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    Re: a searing pain

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your vivid and figurative explanation. I am fully satisfied with your thorough answer.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: a searing pain

    Hi daznorthants,

    Thank you for your suggestive reply.

    Now I see the things concerning the expression in question in their true colours.

    Thank you again.

    Regards.

    V.

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