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 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 The 2011 drought was so withering, even the irrigated hay farm wouldn't grow hay, forcing him to sell off 200 cows, or about half his herd. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Texas cattle ranchers face tough decision to cull or sell herds as drought deepens," 20 Jan. 2020 The capital city is making a comeback after facing a withering debt crisis over the last decade. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where Everyone Wants to Go in 2020, According to the Internet," 8 Jan. 2020 Is there a more dismissive or withering insult for art than to call it decorative? Los Angeles Times, "Review: Lari Pittman’s extraordinary ‘Declaration of Independence’ at the Hammer Museum," 7 Oct. 2019 Molly is sincere and guileless, a true foil for steely and withering Katherine. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Emma Thompson makes ‘Late Night’ worth staying up for – almost single-handedly," 10 June 2019 The administration has been critical of New York and de Blasio’s policies in the past, but the murder has prompted a new focus on the city’s policies and a withering attack from immigration officials. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Guyanese charged with killing and raping 92-year-old overstayed visa and dodged ICE detainer," 15 Jan. 2020 The administration's efforts have elicited withering criticism from advocates who believe the government shouldn't obtain such sensitive information from people who aren't linked to serious crimes. CBS News, "U.S. collecting DNA samples from some migrants — including teens — in first stage of program," 7 Jan. 2020 America’s president has faced withering criticism, from Republicans enraged by his withdrawal of troops from Syria as well as Democrats seeking to impeach him. The Economist, "The Trump bump America’s president dominated readers’ attention in 2019," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of withering

1579, in the meaning defined above

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“Withering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withering. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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: very harsh, severe, or damaging

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