withering

adjective
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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Other Words from withering

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.

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Faced with withering criticism over the model once it was highlighted by the New York Times, Xu said yesterday (July 23) on Twitter that DoorDash would change its model. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "DoorDash says it will change tipping policy after widespread outrage," 24 July 2019 Some Category Four children end up in ORR's foster care system, but the majority remain in ORR's network of nearly 170 shelters, some of which have been the subject of withering widespread criticism. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Thousands of unaccompanied migrant children could be detained indefinitely," 23 July 2019 Lam, who has come under withering criticism for trying to push the extradition legislation through, has pledged to be more responsive to public sentiment. Fox News, "Hong Kong demonstrators smash government building amid protests on anniversary of return of Chinese rule," 2 July 2019 For years, the SLS has faced withering criticism for being perpetually behind schedule and over budget. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, "White House frustration over moon mission delays preceded removal of top NASA official," 11 July 2019 Carrie Lam has come under withering criticism for trying to push through the legislation. Ken Moritsugu, BostonGlobe.com, "Protests escalate as Hong Kong marks handover to China," 1 July 2019 Lam, who has come under withering criticism for trying to push the legislation through, called a rare pre-dawn news conference with security officials Tuesday at police headquarters. Washington Post, "China backs Hong Kong chief, slams protesters for violence," 2 July 2019 Lam, who has come under withering criticism for trying to push the legislation through, pledged to be more responsive to public sentiment but has not responded directly to protesters' demands. Ken Moritsugu, Anchorage Daily News, "Hong Kong police clear protesters who occupied legislative building on handover anniversary," 1 July 2019 Lam, who has come under withering criticism for trying to push the legislation through, pledged to be more responsive to public sentiment but has not responded directly to protesters’ demands. Ken Moritsugu, The Denver Post, "Protesters in Hong Kong break into legislature, paint logos," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of withering

1579, in the meaning defined above

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withering

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of withering

: very harsh, severe, or damaging

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