moribund

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

Definition of moribund

  1. 1 :  being in the state of dying :  approaching death

  2. 2 :  being in a state of inactivity or obsolescence

moribundity

play \ˌmȯr-ə-ˈbən-də-tē, ˌmär-\ noun

Examples of moribund in a sentence

  1. an actor who is trying to revive his moribund career

  2. 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

moribund

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

Definition of moribund for English Language Learners

  • : no longer active or effective : close to failure

  • : very sick : close to death


Medical Dictionary

moribund

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

Medical 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>



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