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living death

a completely miserable, joyless existence, experience, situation, etc.; ordeal:
He found the steaming jungle a living death.
Origin of living death
First recorded in 1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For without brotherly love and kindly human interest, laws are but cast-iron rules, and life but a living death.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • She must go to Portsmouth;—which she knew was tantamount to a living death.

    An Old Man's Love Anthony Trollope
  • To look back is to be stiffened into a living death; only with faces set forward are we safe and well.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • They prayed that I might die, rather than be doomed to a living death.

  • It was a living death indeed, for hope of escape there was none.

    The River of Darkness William Murray Graydon
  • And my evil nature said to me, 'Leave the Greek to her living death.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • A narrow escape from a living death, but I still think that I was right.

    The Man with a Shadow George Manville Fenn
  • Shall it be a living death for me, and deliverance and safety and honor for you all?

    Cobwebs and Cables Hesba Stretton
  • Better to die at once than to endure this slow, living death.

    The Spanish Brothers Deborah Alcock
British Dictionary definitions for living death

living death

a life or lengthy experience of constant misery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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