contracting (part of speech: verb)
drying (part of speech: verb)
drying, desiccating, swabbing, stanching, pumping out, catheterizing, evaporating, blotting, draining, emptying, wiping, parching, mopping, dehumidifying, wringing out, sucking dry, vaporizing, dehydrating
painful (part of speech: adjective)
disagreeable, unbearable, anguishing, horrendous, acute, besetting, bothersome, hurtful, wrenching, severe, gnawing, miserable, insufferable, offensive, odious, cramping, bitter, excruciating, aggravating, throbbing, tormenting, torturing, unpleasant, biting, piercing, cruel, annoying, aching, woeful, painful, grievous, irksome, trying, troublesome, smarting, oppressive, harrowing, arduous, irritating, stinging, sore, crushing, burdensome, agonizing, chafing, stabbing, uncomfortable, cutting, distressful, grueling, inflaming
deteriorating (part of speech: verb)
fading, reverting, mouldering, atrophying, downgrading, regressing, degenerating, going downhill, ebbing, putrefying, sliding, getting worse, slumping, sinking, decaying, relapsing, falling apart, retrogressing, collapsing, wilting, waning, slipping, worsening, lapsing, deteriorating, declining, dilapidating, tergiversating
- " You'd take the word of a nasty Indian against my uncle, or any white man, I can see that," said Elsie, in withering scorn. - "The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop", Hamlin Garland.
- The dew of peace fell on his parched soul, and the withering flower of human love raised its head again. - "The Blue Flower, and Others", Henry van Dyke.
- " Another time," said her ladyship, turning tragically to her son, and then withering her lord. - "Lady Maude's Mania", George Manville Fenn.