withering


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with·er·ing

 (wĭth′ər-ĭng)
adj.
Tending to overwhelm or destroy; devastating: withering sarcasm.

with′er·ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.withering - any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
weakening - becoming weaker
Adj.1.withering - wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destructionwithering - wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction; "possessing annihilative power"; "a devastating hurricane"; "the guns opened a withering fire"
destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"
2.withering - making light of; "afire with annihilating invective"; "a devastating portrait of human folly"; "to compliments inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert
disrespectful - exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous; "remarks disrespectful of the law"; "disrespectful in the presence of his parents"; "disrespectful toward his teacher"

withering

adjective
1. scornful, blasting, devastating, humiliating, snubbing, blighting, hurtful, mortifying She launched a withering attack on the Press.
2. destructive, killing, devastating, deadly, murderous, death-dealing, slaughterous The forces were unable to withstand the withering artillery barrages.
Translations

withering

[ˈwɪðərɪŋ] ADJ [heat] → abrasador; [tone, look, remark] → fulminador

withering

[ˈwɪðərɪŋ] adj [look, glance, remark, attack] → cinglant(e)

withering

adj heatausdörrend; criticism, look, tonevernichtend

withering

[ˈwɪðrɪŋ] adj (tone, look, remark) → raggelante
References in classic literature ?
The skies they were ashen and sober; The leaves they were crisped and sere -- The leaves they were withering and sere; It was night in the lonesome October Of my most immemorial year: It was hard by the dim lake of Auber, In the misty mid region of Weir: -- It was down by the dank tarn of Auber, In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.
Then my heart it grew ashen and sober As the leaves that were crisped and sere -- As the leaves that were withering and sere -- And I cried -- "It was surely October On this very night of last year, That I journeyed -- I journeyed down here
This was the consciousness that Bulstrode was withering under while he made his preparations for departing from Middlemarch, and going to end his stricken life in that sad refuge, the indifference of new faces.
Now she was at the mouth of the pass; before her was stillness, behind her beat the wings of the storm, the thunder roared, the rain hissed like snakes; she rushed on past me, and as she passed she turned her awful eyes upon me, withering me.
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Daniel Gallie and colleagues found that the leaves of reduced-ethylene plants remained green longer than normal plants, and that reducing a plant's ethylene production postponed withering and maintained leaf function.