moribund

adjective
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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Other Words from moribund

moribundity \ ˌmȯr-​ə-​ˈbən-​də-​tē How to pronounce moribundity (audio) , 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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In 2003, the then-dictatorship agreed to give up its nuclear efforts in order to get relief from U.S. sanctions and repair its moribund economy. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "How Kim Jong Un got cold feet," 17 May 2018 Unlike Ophelia, the patron saint of moribund allure, the women who cloak themselves in these baleful blooms will not be tragic characters. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Trends of the Fall 2019 Season," 12 Mar. 2019 Uline lacks a visible corporate communications department and has a moribund Twitter account, unusual for a company with more than 6,000 employees. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, "The Most Powerful Conservative Couple You’ve Never Heard Of," 7 June 2018 But for all its architectural grandeur, the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations outside Ecuador’s capital seems as moribund as the group itself. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "South America bloc’s woes leave architectural gem forlorn," 8 Jan. 2019 Both honor Barnes' leadership from 1999 to 2007 that catalyzed the revival of a moribund downtown. Conner Mitchell, kansascity, "Kay Barnes’ ‘enormous impact’ on KC honored at her ballroom dedication," 29 June 2018 So was the Federal Reserve, as part of its effort to resuscitate the moribund economy. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Why the Tax Law Might Make Your Car Payments Go Up," 16 Mar. 2018 One signal that the talks are moribund is that the two sides so far aren’t planning formal talks before the Xi-Trump meeting, Mr. Kudlow said. Bob Davis, WSJ, "Larry Kudlow Voices Skepticism Over Trump-Xi Trade Meeting," 27 Nov. 2018 Despite expectations that the elections could bring a better life, Zimbabwe remains plagued by the hopelessness of unemployment, cash shortages and moribund industries. Farai Mutsaka, The Seattle Times, "Counting starts after Zimbabweans vote in pivotal election," 30 July 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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of moribund

formal
: no longer active or effective : close to failure
: very sick : close to death

moribund

adjective
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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