"withering" in the noun sense
1. atrophy, withering
any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
"withering" in the verb sense
1. shrivel, shrivel up, shrink, wither
wither, as with a loss of moisture
"The fruit dried and shriveled"
2. fade, wither
lose freshness, vigor, or vitality
"Her bloom was fading"
"withering" in the adjective sense
1. annihilative, annihilating, devastating, withering
wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
"possessing annihilative power"
"a devastating hurricane"
"the guns opened a withering fire"
2. annihilating, devastating, 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
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