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Definitions of withering:
  • noun:   any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
  • adjective:   making light of
    Example: "To compliments inflated I've a withering reply- W.S.Gilbert"
  • adjective:   wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
    Example: "The guns opened a withering fire"

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