: no longer living, existing, or functioning <that firm is now defunct>
Examples of DEFUNCT
- She wrote for the now-defunct newspaper.
- <a stack of brochures and a few faded placards are all that remain of the defunct organization>
Origin of DEFUNCT
from past participle of defungi
to finish, die, from de-
to perform — more at function
First Known Use: 1599
Related to DEFUNCT
- bygone, bypast, dead, extinct, departed, done, expired, gone, nonextant, vanished
- alive, existent, existing, extant, living
See Synonym Discussion at dead
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