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withered    : [w'ɪðɚd]
Wither \With"er\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Withered}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Withering}.] [OE. wideren; probably the same word as
wederen to weather (see {Weather}, v. & n.); or cf. G.
verwittern to decay, to be weather-beaten, Lith. vysti to
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1. To fade; to lose freshness; to become sapless; to become
sapless; to dry or shrivel up.
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Shall he hot pull up the roots thereof, and cut off
the fruit thereof, that it wither? --Ezek. xvii.
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2. To lose or want animal moisture; to waste; to pin? away,
as animal bodies.
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This is man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered. --Shak.
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There was a man which had his hand withered. --Matt.
xii. 10.
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Now warm in love, now with'ring in the grave.
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3. To lose vigor or power; to languish; to pass away. "Names
that must not wither." --Byron.
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States thrive or wither as moons wax and wane.
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Withered \With"ered\, a.
Faded; dried up; shriveled; wilted; wasted; wasted away. --
{With"ered*ness}, n. --Bp. Hall.
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adj 1: lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness;
"the old woman's shriveled skin"; "he looked shriveled
and ill"; "a shrunken old man"; "a lanky scarecrow of a
man with withered face and lantern jaws"-W.F.Starkie; "he
did well despite his withered arm"; "a wizened little man
with frizzy grey hair" [synonym: {shriveled}, {shrivelled},
{shrunken}, {withered}, {wizen}, {wizened}]
2: (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture;
"dried-up grass"; "the desert was edged with sere
vegetation"; "shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings";
"withered vines" [synonym: {dried-up}, {sere}, {sear},
{shriveled}, {shrivelled}, {withered}]

92 Moby Thesaurus words for "withered":
Sanforized, adust, anile, atrophied, attenuated, baked, brittle,
burnt, cadaverous, consumed, corky, corpselike, crabbed,
debilitated, decrepit, dehydrated, desiccated, doddered, doddering,
doddery, dried, dried-up, emacerated, emaciate, emaciated,
evaporated, exsiccated, feeble, fossilized, gerontal, gerontic,
haggard, hollow-eyed, infirm, jejune, marantic, marasmic,
mossbacked, moth-eaten, mummified, mummylike, palsied, papery,
papery-skinned, parched, parchmenty, peaked, peaky, pinched, poor,
preshrunk, puny, ravaged with age, rickety, run to seed, rusty,
scorched, sear, seared, senile, sere, shaky, shriveled,
shriveled up, shrunk, shrunken, skeletal, starved, starveling,
stricken in years, sun-dried, sunbaked, tabetic, tabid, thin,
timeworn, tottering, tottery, underfed, undernourished, wasted,
wasted away, weak, weazened, weazeny, wilted, wind-dried, wizen,
wizen-faced, wizened, wraithlike, wrinkled

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