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Adjective: withering  wi-dhu-ring
  1. Sharply critical or damaging
    "to compliments inflated I've a withering reply";
    - annihilating, devastating
Noun: withering  wi-dhu-ring
  1. Any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
    - atrophy
Verb: wither  wi-dhu(r)
  1. Wither, as with a loss of moisture
    "The fruit dried and withered";
    - shrivel, shrivel up, shrink
     
  2. Lose freshness, vigour, or vitality
    "Her bloom was withering";
    - fade

Derived forms: witherings

See also: disrespectful

Type of: decrease, diminish, disappear, fall, go away, lessen, vanish, weakening

Encyclopedia: Withering

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