Synonyms of 'withering'
She launched a withering attack on the Press.
The forces were unable to withstand the withering artillery barrages.
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If something is deadly, it is likely or able to cause someone's death, or has already caused someone's death.
a deadly disease currently affecting dolphins
Something that is destructive causes or is capable of causing great damage, harm, or injury.
the awesome destructive power of nuclear weapons
Thesaurus for withering from the Collins English Thesaurus
A withering look or remark is very critical , and is intended to make someone feel ashamed or stupid .