Definition of moribund
- in the moribund patient deepening stupor and coma are the usual preludes to death
- —Norman Cameron
- a moribund virus
- a moribund volcano
- prune the moribund files from your disk forever
- —D. S. Janal
an actor who is trying to revive his moribund career
The peace talks are moribund.
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Moribund is still sometimes used in its original literal sense of "approaching death", but it's much more often used to describe things. When the economy goes bad, we hear about moribund mills and factories and towns; the economy itself may even be called moribund. Critics may speak of the moribund state of poetry, or lament the moribund record or newspaper industry.
: no longer active or effective : close to failure
: very sick : close to death
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