fading away


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Noun1.fading away - gradually diminishing in brightness or loudness or strength
dwindling, dwindling away - a becoming gradually less; "there is no greater sadness that the dwindling away of a family"
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What a contrast, my dear children, between this bold, rough, active man, and the gentle Lady Arbella, who was fading away, like a pale English flower, in the shadow of the forest
The Cat's head began fading away the moment he was gone, and, by the time he had come back with the Dutchess, it had entirely disappeared; so the King and the executioner ran wildly up and down looking for it, while the rest of the party went back to the game.
A slight grey mist rested upon the more distant parts of the wilderness which he was crossing, a mist which seemed to be blown in from the sea in little puffs, resting for a time upon the earth, and then drifting up and fading away like soap bubbles.
To all this Sancho listened with no little sorrow at heart to see how his hopes of dignity were fading away and vanishing in smoke, and how the fair Princess Micomicona had turned into Dorothea, and the giant into Don Fernando, while his master was sleeping tranquilly, totally unconscious of all that had come to pass.
He saw all his fondly cherished plans fading away, and yet he remained loyal to the lad and to his wishes.
Some tardy stars were fading away at various points, and there was a very brilliant one in the east, in the brightest part of the heavens.
The glamour of the affair seemed to him to be fading away, now that he had come into actual contact with it.