death throes


: the violent movements and noises that are sometimes made by a person who is about to die
The opera ends with the hero in his death throes.
often used figuratively
the death throes of a failing industry

Examples of death throes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, it may have been ejected during the death throes of its star: Pulses of gas from a dying star could push planets and planetesimals outward, destabilizing their orbits enough to send some of them flying into interstellar space. Theo Nicitopoulos, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2024 With the universal application of international law likely in its death throes and nothing yet to take its place save brutalist national interests and sheer greed, widespread anger can be, and will be, exploited by the many ready to foster even broader instability on an even greater global scale. Agnès Callamard, Foreign Affairs, 15 Feb. 2024 The post-war détente between capital and labour was now in its death throes. Yanis Varoufakis, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2024 The colonial era entered its death throes after World War II. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 10 Dec. 2023 The vaunted China model—the mix of liberalization and state control that generated the country’s hypersonic growth—has entered its death throes. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2023 The first is that supernovae in early galaxies make the dust, with dying stars expelling the material before their final fiery death throes. Popular Science, 19 July 2023 But the hognose employs perhaps its greatest strategy when nothing else works: These snakes flip over on their back, and writhe around in death throes that seem to contort their bodies unnaturally. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2023 Whether the Pac-12 Conference is as healthy as ever, in the midst of its death throes, or most likely somewhere between, one thing is undeniable. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2023

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“Death throes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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