- in a dying state; near death.
- on the verge of extinction or termination.
- not progressing or advancing; stagnant: a moribund political party.
Origin of moribund
Examples from the Web for moribund
Then Heal STL was burned down Monday like a moribund body for cremation.The Baptism of Michael Brown Sr. and Ferguson’s Baptism by Fire
November 27, 2014
Leaving the moribund Eddie, Frank crosses paths with a black deliveryman, and they talk about hurricane survivors.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
When Murdoch bought the paper in 1969 it was a moribund broadsheet losing a ton of money, with a circulation of 800,000.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
Now French investigators, with the help of the FBI, want to know if it is more than a moribund coincidence.Alps Murder Twist: Iraqi Wife Had Secret American Ex-Husband Who Died on the Same Day
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 9, 2014
Is Palestinian culture to blame for the moribund state of the Palestinian economy?Dear WaPo: Abbas Did Not 'Reject' Olmert's Offer
Emily L. Hauser
July 10, 2013
More than the population of the moribund city, at least as Harkaman remembered it.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
"You can tell my country, sir, that I died willingly," panted the moribund.The Dop Doctor</p>
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
I saw for myself the return of life to a body that was moribund.The Blue Germ
Together the two works are an epitome of modern and moribund Iran.The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan
Surely it was time to infuse new blood into the veins of the moribund art.The Reef
- near death
- stagnant; without force or vitality
Word Origin and History for moribund
1721, "about to die," from Middle French moribund (16c.), from Latin moribundus "dying, at the point of death," from mori "to die" (see mortal (adj.)). Figurative sense of "near an end" is from 1837. Related: Moribundity.
- At the point of death; dying.