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[mawr-uh-buhnd, mor-] /ˈmɔr əˌbʌnd, ˈmɒr-/
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
1715-25; < Latin moribundus dying, equivalent to mori- (stem of morī to die) + -bundus adj. suffix
Related forms
moribundity, noun
moribundly, adverb
unmoribund, adjective
unmoribundly, adverb Unabridged
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  • 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

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • I saw for myself the return of life to a body that was moribund.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
  • Together the two works are an epitome of modern and moribund Iran.

  • Surely it was time to infuse new blood into the veins of the moribund art.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for moribund


near death
stagnant; without force or vitality
Derived Forms
moribundity, noun
moribundly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from morī to die
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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.

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moribund in Medicine

moribund mor·i·bund (môr'ə-bŭnd')
At the point of death; dying.

mor'i·bun'di·ty (-bŭn'dĭ-tē) n.
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