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 ?
that Snow girl's' hopes by the withering telegram, "You needn't be so polite all of a sudden, for you won't get any.
Alone, I should never have found the garden--except, perhaps, for the big yellow pumpkins that lay about unprotected by their withering vines--and I felt very little interest in it when I got there.
They halted, they stood their ground a moment against that withering deluge of fire, then they broke, faced about and swept toward the ditch like chaff before a gale.
I still felt as a wanderer on the face of the earth; but I experienced firmer trust in myself and my own powers, and less withering dread of oppression.
Canning, would work himself into the most violent heats, and deliver the most withering denunciations of the profligacy and corruption of my aunt and Mr.
Wopsle as Revenge, throwing his blood-stained sword in thunder down, and taking the War-denouncing trumpet with a withering look.
Yet even in this stage of withering a little incident happened, which showed that the sap of affection was not all gone.
Let it move thee, crafty, ill-conditioned monster, to see my blooming youth- still in its teens, for I am not yet twenty- wasting and withering away beneath the husk of a rude peasant wench; and if I do not appear in that shape now, it is a special favour Senor Merlin here has granted me, to the sole end that my beauty may soften thee; for the tears of beauty in distress turn rocks into cotton and tigers into ewes.
Of course it is of no consequence," he added, with a withering smile.
I fear she had been rather over-educated for her station in life, for she knew by heart many passages in Lalla Rookh, the Corsair, and the Siege of Corinth, which had given her a distaste for domestic occupations, and caused her a withering disappointment at the discovery that Mr.
The unknown here again darted at Cropole one of his withering glances.
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.