- no longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning: a defunct law; a defunct organization.
- no longer in existence; dead; extinct: a defunct person; a defunct tribe of Indians.
- the defunct, the dead person referred to: the survivors of the defunct.
Origin of defunct
Related Words for defunctvanished, obsolete, nonexistent, asleep, bygone, cold, dead, deceased, departed, gone, inanimate, inoperative, invalid, kaput, late, lifeless, lost, exanimate, expired
Examples from the Web for defunct
Contemporary Examples of defunct
Does this mean Bad Gal Ri-Ri's now defunct account on the social media site may have an effect on what people are buying?Elle Fanning and Kate Middleton Are Cousins; Tom Ford Talks Social Media Influence on Fashion
The Fashion Beast Team
May 28, 2014
At the same time as I was studying, I was freelancing as a sub-editor for a national newspaper—the now defunct Sunday Tribune.How I Write: Paul Lynch
December 18, 2013
“The Democratic Party is just about defunct in the South,” he said.Democrats March on the South to Hold Senate Majority in 2014
October 31, 2013
Recent scrutiny—and the Japanese fallout—led to a suspension from his current job with the defunct ministry.Bullying Israeli Government Flack Sparks Diplomatic Row—Among Other Concerns
August 21, 2013
The sludge was sent by rail and spread around on a defunct resort ranch near Sierra Blanca.U.S. Drug and Immigration Checkpoints Take Toll on Border Towns
Andrew Becker, G. W. Schulz
June 18, 2013
Historical Examples of defunct
Your bank might be defunct before the end of the sixth game.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
They are all volcanic, and indeed some are nothing but an agglomeration of defunct craters.Ranching, Sport and Travel
Defunct or not, then, the business was presumably worth at least that.Greener Than You Think
Of the great pictures of David the defunct, we need not, then, say much.The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh
William Makepeace Thackeray
I do not think it necessary that our sons should study these defunct tongues.Shadow and Light
Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
- no longer living; dead or extinct
- no longer operative or valid
Word Origin for defunct
1590s, from Old French defunct (14c., Modern French defunt) or directly from Latin defunctus "dead," literally "off-duty," from past participle of defungi "to discharge, finish," from de- "off, completely" (see de-) + fungi "perform or discharge duty," from PIE root *bheug- (2) "to enjoy" (see brook (v.)).