living death


: life emptied of joys and satisfactions

Examples of living death in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some people think comas are easy to recover from or—conversely—a living death. Brian L. Edlow, Scientific American, 22 Oct. 2022 The stillness of the soldiers and the presence of their weapons created an aura of medieval protection and a sense of living death. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 17 Sep. 2022 Joan is here to argue that such treatment is a living death. Chelsea Bieker, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Her fate is a living death shut up in a cave, not far from what Winston and John already suffer. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of living death was circa 1530

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“Living death.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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