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Wither vs Sere - What's the difference?

wither | sere |

In obsolete terms the difference between wither and sere

is that wither is to go against, resist; oppose while sere is claw; talon.

As an adverb wither

is against, in opposition to.

As a verb wither

is to go against, resist; oppose.

As an adjective sere is

without moisture.

As a noun sere is

an intermediate stage in an ecosystem prior to advancing to the point of being a climax community.



Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) .


(en adverb)
  • (obsolete, or, chiefly in compounds) Against, in opposition to.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To go against, resist; oppose.
  • Etymology 3

    From (etyl) (m), .


    (en verb)
  • To shrivel, droop or dry up, especially from lack of water.
  • To cause to shrivel or dry up.
  • * Bible, Matthew xii. 10
  • There was a man which had his hand withered .
  • * Shakespeare
  • This is man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered .
  • * Dryden
  • now warm in love, now with'ring in the grave
  • (figurative) To lose vigour or power; to languish; to pass away.
  • * Byron
  • names that must not wither
  • * Cowper
  • States thrive or wither as moons wax and wane.
  • To become helpless due to emotion.
  • To make helpless due to emotion.
  • Usage notes
    * Not to be confused with whither .


    * whiter, writhe



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


  • Without moisture.
  • * 1798 , (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner) , part 5:
  • The roaring wind! it roar'd far off,
    It did not come anear;
    But with its sound it shook the sails
    That were so thin and sere .
  • * 1868 , (Henry Lonsdale), The Worthies of Cumberland , volume concerning Sir J. R. G. Graham, chapter 1, page 1:
  • …whilst the recitation of Border Minstrelsy, or a well-sung ballad, served to revive the sere and yellow leaf of age by their refreshing memories of the pleasurable past.
  • * 1984 , (Vernor Vinge), (The Peace War) , chapter 37:
  • The grass was sere and golden, the dirt beneath white and gravelly.


    (en noun)
  • An intermediate stage in an ecosystem prior to advancing to the point of being a climax community.
  • Synonyms
    * seral community

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) serre


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) claw; talon
  • (Chapman)
    (Webster 1913)

    See also

    * sear


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