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withering

adjective uk   /ˈwɪð.ər.ɪŋ/ us    /-ɚ-/
A withering look, remark, etc. is one that is intended to make someone feel ashamed: He said that Lizzie had been drunk at the time and I saw her shoot him a withering glance. severe and extremely critical: He made a withering attack on government policy.
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