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wither
used in The Mill on the Floss

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

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
  • Yap, feeling the withering influence of this scorn, tucked his tail in and shrank close to Tom's leg, who felt a little hurt for him, but had not the superhuman courage to seem behindhand with Bob in contempt for a dog who made so poor a figure.
    1.6 -- Book 1 Chapter 6 -- The Aunts and Uncles Are Coming (63% in)
  • ...a dyed silk frock made out of her aunt Glegg's, but the results had been such that Mrs. Tulliver was obliged to bury them in her maternal bosom; for Maggie, declaring that the frock smelt of nasty dye, had taken an opportunity of basting it together with the roast beef the first Sunday she wore it, and finding this scheme answer, she had subsequently pumped on the bonnet with its green ribbons, so as to give it a general resemblance to a sage cheese garnished with withered lettuces.
    1.7 -- Book 1 Chapter 7 -- Enter the Aunts and Uncles (31% in)
  • And it came to pass, one evening when the winds were high, that there sat moaning by the brink of the river a woman with a child in her arms; and she was clad in rags, and had a worn and withered look, and she craved to be rowed across the river.
    1.12 -- Book 1 Chapter 12 -- Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home (10% in)
  • Then, the pity of it, that a mind like hers should be withering in its very youth, like a young forest-tree, for want of the light and space it was formed to flourish in!
    5.1 -- Book 5 Chapter 1 -- In the Red Deeps (99% in)
  • The poor wife, with her withered beauty, smiled complacently.
    5.5 -- Book 5 Chapter 5 -- The Cloven Tree (17% in)

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