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withering

adjective     /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.Grimacing and frowning severe and extremely critical: He made a withering attack on government policy.Critical and uncomplimentary
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