withering

adjective with·er·ing \ ˈwit͟h-riŋ , ˈwi-t͟hə- \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of withering

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

witheringly

play \ˈwit͟h-riŋ-lē, ˈwi-t͟hə-\ adverb

Examples of withering in a Sentence

  1. The book has been the subject of withering criticism.

  2. She gave me a withering look.

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First Known Use of withering

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Definition of withering for English Language Learners

  • : very harsh, severe, or damaging



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