moribund

adjective
mor·​i·​bund | \ˈmȯr-ə-(ˌ)bənd, ˈmär-\

Definition of moribund 

1 : being in the state of dying : approaching death in the moribund patient deepening stupor and coma are the usual preludes to death— Norman Cameron

2 : being in a state of inactivity or obsolescence a moribund virus a moribund volcano prune the moribund files from your disk forever— D. S. Janal

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Other Words from moribund

moribundity \ˌmȯr-​ə-​ˈbən-​də-​tē, ˌmär-​ \ noun

Synonyms for moribund

Synonyms

dying

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Moribund Gets Less Literal

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.

Examples of moribund in a Sentence

an actor who is trying to revive his moribund career The peace talks are moribund.

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The country’s economy remains moribund, and the government has not been able to do anything meaningful about it. Kenneth M. Pollack, WSJ, "Iraq Gets a Government—and It Was Worth the Wait," 5 Oct. 2018 The media company, which has origins in Bethesda, had at its height employed 2,500 people and is widely credited with helping jump-start the revitalization of then-moribund downtown Silver Spring. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Democrats swipe at Hogan over old news: Discovery’s investment in Virginia," 14 June 2018 Perhaps this cheeky spirit is just the thing to breathe new life into the moribund festival style scene. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Casey Spooner’s OTT Festival Style Includes a Tribute to Naomi Campbell," 16 July 2018 In other words, the uniquely American approach of government support and investment in private space is paying dividends, creating an industry that could swallow the comparatively moribund European effort. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How American Space Launch Left Europe in the Dust," 18 Oct. 2018 Individual proposals aside, experts haven’t formed a consensus on how to make economically moribund places feel more like economically dynamic ones. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "One County Thrives. The Next One Over Struggles. Economists Take Note.," 29 June 2018 Buy Photo For a moment, the Regency Square Mall in Jacksonville, Fla., seemed on the cusp of a revival, with new out-of-town owners presenting themselves as specialists at resuscitating moribund retail centers. Jacob Adelman, Philly.com, "Owner of former Echelon Mall, called 'slumlord' in Fla., taps overseas cash to become nation's biggest mall buyer," 9 May 2018 The Republicans are like a putrid football team with a moribund offense, which would naturally prefer to play all its games in a mud pit. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Chuck Schumer Is Secretly Sabotaging the Next Democratic President," 28 June 2018 Still, Transnet remained an underachiever, its ports inadequate, its freight rail system moribund. New York Times, "How McKinsey Lost Its Way in South Africa," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of moribund

circa 1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moribund

Latin moribundus, from mori to die — more at murder

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moribund

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English Language Learners Definition of moribund

: no longer active or effective : close to failure

: very sick : close to death

moribund

adjective
mor·​i·​bund | \ˈmȯr-ə-(ˌ)bənd, ˈmär- \

Medical Definition of moribund 

: being in the state of dying : approaching death in the moribund patient deepening stupor and coma are the usual preludes to death— Norman Cameron

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