mor·​i·​bund | \ ˈmȯr-ə-(ˌ)bənd How to pronounce moribund (audio) , 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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moribundity \ ˌmȯr-​ə-​ˈbən-​də-​tē How to pronounce moribund (audio) , ˌmär-​ \ noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Long before much of the current Red Sox Nation was even born, the American League champion Red Sox of 1967 breathed new life into a moribund franchise with a magical season unlike any other., 13 May 2022 Pre-Roe bans are currently moribund because the courts would block them under Roe if someone tried to enforce them. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 9 May 2022 Now all diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Russia are moribund. Carlo Rovelli, Scientific American, 17 Mar. 2022 The wave of violence comes as Israel’s government faces the prospect of fresh elections after losing its fragile parliamentary majority, and as peace negotiations between Israel and the widely unpopular Palestinian leadership remain moribund. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Although the dollar amounts pale compared to Biden's moribund $2 trillion Build Back Better proposal, these bills — once they're smooshed together — actually have a good chance of passing. James Pethokoukis, The Week, 7 Apr. 2022 Allowing a moribund corporate culture also makes for a miserable employee experience. Joe Mckendrick, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 The two-game winning streak the Spurs bring into Saturday’s visit to New Orleans — as well as a game at moribund Houston to end the road trip Monday — gives the team incentive to keep charging toward a play-in bid. San Antonio Express-News, 25 Mar. 2022 His largesse is credited with transforming Chelsea from a moribund club to a championship-winning juggernaut. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Moribund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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mor·​i·​bund | \ ˈmȯr-ə-(ˌ)bənd, ˈmär- How to pronounce moribund (audio) \

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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