Common sense, uncontroversial ideas tend to languish when attention has moved elsewhere.
They will be abandoned to languish and rot in “gulags” in Russia.
They see people just like them being elevated quickly to power while they languish, and they become envious.
Critical journalists continue to languish in prison and inside the courtrooms the breadth of the clampdown is on full display.
Some of the authors most revered by their contemporaries now languish in relative obscurity.
And though the revel must languish, yet we attend the refrain of all the melodies in crowning rapture.
When taken to warm climates, they languish, and soon die of disease of the liver.
In short, the commandant seemed to languish, and ten times a day lay down on his couch.
No, no; I will never allow you to languish in prison in such a way.
He left that rose, thanks to me and my successful efforts, to languish unnoticed in its lover's knot of pale blue.
early 14c., "fail in strength, exhibit signs of approaching death," from languiss-, present participle stem of Old French languir "be listless, pine, grieve, fall ill," from Vulgar Latin *languire, from Latin languere "be weak or faint" (see lax). Weaker sense "be lovesick, grieve, lament, grow faint," is from mid-14c. Related: Languished; languishing.