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Definition to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)


to become weaker; or feel humiliated
  • The grapes withered on the vine.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled as they dried out)
  • Her confidence withered under the criticism.
  • withered = weakened (or shrank or shriveled)
  • The grass withers, and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.
    Isaiah 40:8
  • My fury was gone, I felt it gone, dried up at the source, withered and lifeless.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • withered = weakened
  • And yet, each would wither in my arms the very night of their birth.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • wither = shrivel
  • If Beatty so much as breathed on them, Montag felt that his hands might wither, turn over on their sides, and never be shocked to life again; they would be buried the rest of his life in his coat sleeves, forgotten.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • wither = shrivel (wrinkle and contract)
  • He could see Meo's garden patch, weedy but still with the mark of Meo's hand upon it, withering in the searing heat.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • withering = shriveling (wrinkling from lack of water)
  • In the stained-glass window, the lovely rose changed before our eyes into a ghostly specter of my daughter's misshapen and withered arm.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • withered = shriveled (shrunken)
  • The long copper frame was withered like an old tree and one hand lay limp on the dirt floor.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • withered = shriveled (wrinkled)
  • The withered mummy shuffled forward in her rainbow dress.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • withered = shriveled (wrinkled) or weakened
  • It is a flame spirit in you ever gathering more of itself, While you, heedless of its expansion, bewail the withering of your days.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • withering = shriveling (becoming smaller)
  • But months after my 18th birthday, the recession hit, gas prices shot up, my savings withered and the reality of going nowhere fast hit me in the face.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • withered = shriveled (shrank) or weakened
  • He opened his pouch and drew out some withered leaves.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • withered = shriveled (wilted, dried up)
  • It looks dreadfully withered,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician's Nephew
  • withered = shriveled and weak
  • Now, away from that ocean, in the confines of a hospital bed, his body began to wither like a beached fish.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • wither = become weaker (shrivel)
  • It floated on the grass instead of walking, and the grass seemed to wither beneath it.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • wither = shrivel (become weaker)
  • It was absolute misery to come back into the withering coldness.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • withering = intense and shriveling
  • The moment his fingers touched them they became strangely withered and dried up as with a week's sunshine.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • withered = shriveled (wrinkled)
  • Small, withered women, skin creased over onto itself; dark, life-weary eyes that had seen everything.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • withered = shriveled (wrinkled)
  • sometimes there will be a withered leg or a blind eye or a crumpled back.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
withered = shriveled (became weaker)

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