- 1Intended to make someone feel humiliated; scornful: a withering lookMore example sentences
- He gestured to Straeger, who was looking so disdainfully at her that Voelker could feel the withering contempt radiating from him as though he were telepathic himself.
- She gave me a withering look of utter contempt and proceeded to lecture me at length about the finer nuances of Mother's Day.
- But it's Broom, with her self-depreciating good humour and withering disdain for modern materialism, that makes the book so compelling.
- 2(Of heat) intense; scorching: protective cover to escape withering heatMore example sentences
- Pan American takes the pound cake for minimalism, and has in the past proven perfect music for driving through desolate landscapes beneath withering heat, or traversing the domain of half-asleepness.
- In contemporary North India, a couple of generations in the withering heat of the Gangetic plains turned the Great Moguls from hardy Turkic warlords into pale princes in petticoats.
- As democracy and freedom continue to melt away beneath the withering heat of state-corporate power, it becomes ever more difficult to tell the truth.
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- Her father was the novelist James Kennaway, she had been to private school, and you heard it in her voice. One man witheringly dismissed her as ‘too posh to rock’.
- The report was witheringly dismissed as ‘simplistic and misguided’.
- She speaks witheringly of ‘the self-righteous idiot’.