with·​er·​ing | \ ˈwit͟h-riŋ How to pronounce withering (audio) , ˈwi-t͟hə- \

Definition of withering

: acting or serving to cut down or destroy : devastating a withering fire from the enemy a withering rebuke

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witheringly \ ˈwit͟h-​riŋ-​lē How to pronounce witheringly (audio) , ˈwi-​t͟hə-​ \ adverb

Examples of withering in a Sentence

The book has been the subject of withering criticism. She gave me a withering look.
Recent Examples on the Web Esper has come under withering criticism for using that term, and Mattis joined in Wednesay. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Trump's former defense secretary Mattis blasts president as a threat to American democracy," 3 June 2020 The cages demanded daily cleaning, another of Edith’s chores, performed under the withering scrutiny of her grandmother. Washington Post, "The western Virginia town that raised a forward-thinking first lady," 10 Jan. 2020 The policy, which is being challenged in court, has been under withering scrutiny from immigrant advocates, Democrats and even some of the asylum officers overseeing it. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "U.S. begins returning asylum seekers at Laredo crossing, expanding "Remain in Mexico"," 9 July 2019 The package of support soon came under withering attack. Cagan Koc, Bloomberg.com, "Turkey to Temporarily Ban Layoffs, Offers Help Seen as Pittance," 5 May 2020 Their contribution would be welcomed by a government that has only 8,000 ventilators on hand, and that has faced withering criticism over its coronavirus communication and testing strategies. CNN, "F1 teams are lightning fast, highly skilled and available. Here's how they're fighting coronavirus," 3 Apr. 2020 But the department has come under withering criticism for refusing to close most courts or delay hearings for immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, despite a flurry of calls do so by judges, prosecutors and lawyers. CBS News, "U.S. postpones court hearings for asylum-seekers in Mexico over coronavirus," 23 Mar. 2020 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — has drawn withering condemnation from Democrats and some Republicans. CBS News, "Trump campaign says president "can't control" chants at rallies," 18 July 2019 Peapod is facing withering competition in the grocery delivery business as some of the biggest players in the industry including Kroger, Amazon and Walmart, invest billions in their digital operations. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Are you a Peapod customer in Milwaukee? Order your groceries now. The company is leaving the market.," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of withering

1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of withering was in 1579

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10 Jun 2020

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“Withering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withering. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of withering

: very harsh, severe, or damaging

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