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used in The House of the Seven Gables

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


to become weaker; or feel humiliated
  • To this last apothegm poor Hepzibah responded with a sigh so deep and heavy that it almost rustled Uncle Venner quite away, like a withered leaf,—as he was,—before an autumnal gale.
    Chapter 4 — A Day Behind the Counter (74% in)
  • The fragrance of her rich and delightful character still lingered about the place where she had lived, as a dried rose-bud scents the drawer where it has withered and perished.
    Chapter 5 — May and November (90% in)
  • Be that as it might, the hens were now scarcely larger than pigeons, and had a queer, rusty, withered aspect, and a gouty kind of movement, and a sleepy and melancholy tone throughout all the variations of their clucking and cackling.
    Chapter 6 — Maule's Well (25% in)
  • Chanticleer himself, though stalking on two stilt-like legs, with the dignity of interminable descent in all his gestures, was hardly bigger than an ordinary partridge; his two wives were about the size of quails; and as for the one chicken, it looked small enough to be still in the egg, and, at the same time, sufficiently old, withered, wizened, and experienced, to have been founder of the antiquated race.
    Chapter 10 — The Pyncheon Garden (48% in)
  • In fact, it was sometimes observable that Clifford half wilfully hid from himself the consciousness of being stricken in years, and cherished visions of an earthly future still before him; visions, however, too indistinctly drawn to be followed by disappointment—though, doubtless, by depression—when any casual incident or recollection made him sensible of the withered leaf.
    Chapter 10 — The Pyncheon Garden (78% in)
  • His face darkened, and seemed to contract, and shrivel itself up, and wither into age.
    Chapter 17 — The Flight of Two Owls (64% in)
  • Let us alight, as the birds do, and perch ourselves on the nearest twig, and consult wither we shall fly next!
    Chapter 17 — The Flight of Two Owls (92% in)
  • Yes; and my words of wisdom, that you and Phoebe tell me of, are like the golden dandelions, which never grow in the hot months, but may be seen glistening among the withered grass, and under the dry leaves, sometimes as late as December.
    Chapter 21 — The Departure (88% in)

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