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wither
used in A Christmas Carol

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

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
  • "Always a delicate creature, whom a breath might have withered," said the Ghost.
    2 — The First of the Three Spirits (49% in)
  • ...to dangle from conspicuous hooks, that people's mouths might water gratis as they passed; there were piles of filberts, mossy and brown, recalling, in their fragrance, ancient walks among the woods, and pleasant shufflings ankle deep through withered leaves; there were Norfolk Biffins, squat and swarthy, setting off the yellow of the oranges and lemons, and, in the great compactness of their juicy persons, urgently entreating and beseeching to be carried home in paper bags and eaten...
    3 — The Second of the Three Spirits (18% in)
  • Bob held his withered little hand in his, as if he loved the child, and wished to keep him by his side, and dreaded that he might be taken from him.
    3 — The Second of the Three Spirits (48% in)

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