withering

adjective
with·er·ing | \ ˈwit͟h-riŋ , 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, 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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Kathleen’s sister, Constance Zamperini, reads a withering statement to the judge about the documentary itself, calling de Lestrade biased and manipulative. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "How The Staircase Defined True Crime Series," 11 June 2018 Trump advisers also took up the attack in appearances on Sunday’s news shows, leveling more withering and unprecedented criticism against Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trump’s time. Zeke Miller, Washington Post, "Trump: Trudeau’s criticism will cost Canada ‘a lot of money’," 12 June 2018 But Lopez Obrador drew the loudest cheers with his withering critique of Mexico’s political class. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Fed up with violence and corruption, Mexican voters embrace a seasoned leftist who wants to double the minimum wage," 24 June 2018 The government has already faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations. Washington Post, "At least 3 “tender age” shelters set up for child migrants," 21 June 2018 The government has faced withering critiques over images of children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations. NBC News, "Trump officials send migrant babies, toddlers to 'tender age' shelters," 20 June 2018 And even in the face of withering criticism, Comey has been largely consistent in his telling of his interactions with Mr. Trump in his memos, his book and numerous press interviews he's given in recent months. CBS News, "Report: Trump's lawyers blast Comey as "Machiavellian" in memo to Mueller," 7 July 2018 And even in the face of withering criticism, Comey has been largely consistent in his telling of his interactions with Trump in his memos, his book and numerous press interviews he's given in recent months. Eric Tucker, Fox News, "Trump lawyers attacked Comey as 'Machiavellian' in memo to Mueller," 7 July 2018 The government has faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters," 19 June 2018

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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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