Definition of withering in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪðərɪŋ/


1Intended to make someone feel humiliated; scornful: a withering look
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  • 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 heat
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈwɪðərɪŋli/
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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’.

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