Definition of moribund
1 : being in the state of dying : approaching death
2 : being in a state of inactivity or obsolescence
moribundityplay \ˌmȯr-ə-ˈbən-də-tē, ˌmär-\ noun
Examples of moribund in a sentence
an actor who is trying to revive his moribund career
The peace talks are moribund.
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of moribund
Latin moribundus, from mori to die — more at murder
First Known Use: circa 1721
MORIBUND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of moribund for English Language Learners
: no longer active or effective : close to failure
: very sick : close to death
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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