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defunct

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of defunct

  1. 1 no longer existing a stack of brochures and a few faded placards are all that remain of the defunct organization Synonyms of defunct bygone, bypast, dead, extinct, departed, done, expired, gone, nonextant, vanishedWords Related to defunct nonexistent; dying, faded, moribund; collapsed, fallen, overthrown; antiquated, dated, obsolete, passé; finished, lapsed, terminated; lost, missingNear Antonyms of defunct active, dynamic, thriving, vibrantAntonyms of defunct alive, existent, existing, extant, living

  2. 2 no longer living a defunct species that we know only through fossil remains Synonyms of defunct asleep, breathless, cold, deceased, dead, demised, departed, fallen, gone, late, lifeless, lowWords Related to defunct extinct; dying, fading, moribund; stillborn; finished, lapsed, terminated; inanimate, insensate, nonlivingNear Antonyms of defunct animated; dynamic, lively, thriving, vibrant, vital, vivacious; active, functioning, operative, runningAntonyms of defunct alive, animate, breathing, going, live, living, quick

Synonym Discussion of defunct

dead, defunct, deceased, departed, late mean devoid of life. dead applies literally to what is deprived of vital force but is used figuratively of anything that has lost any attribute (such as energy, activity, radiance) suggesting life.
    • a dead, listless performance
defunct stresses cessation of active existence or operation.
    • a defunct television series
deceased, departed, and late apply to persons who have died recently. deceased is the preferred term in legal use.
    • the estate of the deceased
departed is used usually as a euphemism.
    • our departed sister
late is used especially with reference to a person in a specific relation or status.
    • the company's late president


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