ˈwi-t͟hə- How to pronounce withering (audio)
: acting or serving to cut down or destroy : devastating
a withering fire from the enemy
a withering rebuke
ˈwi-t͟hə- How to pronounce withering (audio)

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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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of withering was in 1579

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“Withering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withering. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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