1. combining form [ADJECTIVE noun]
2. combining form [usually ADJECTIVE noun]
-scarred is used after nouns such as 'battle' or 'drug' to form adjectives which indicate that the thing mentioned has had a permanent effect on someone's mind.
⇒ ...battle-scarred soldiers.
⇒ ...a war-scarred orphan.
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