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Tending to overwhelm or destroy; devastating: withering sarcasm.
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|Noun||1.||withering - any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)|
weakening - becoming weaker
|Adj.||1.||withering - 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"