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English definition of “withering”


adjective     /ˈwɪðərɪŋ/
withering attack/contempt/look criticism or an expression that shows that someone strongly disapproves of someone or something: He published a withering attack on the government's policies .Grimacing and frowningDisapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
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