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[ lang-gwi-shing ]


  1. becoming languid, in any way.
  2. expressive of languor; indicating tender, sentimental melancholy:

    a languishing sigh.

  3. lingering:

    a languishing death.

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Other Words From

  • languish·ing·ly adverb
  • half-languish·ing adjective
  • un·languish·ing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of languishing1

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; languish, -ing 2

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Example Sentences

As it turns out, tech leaders are learning to evolve during this languishing outbreak.

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To this day, Tavakoli is languishing in prison for nothing more than demanding basic human rights.

It simultaneously reveals the absurdity of dictatorship and gives comfort to those languishing under an impossible reality.

Languishing in a prison cell in southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, 21-year-old Razie Ebrahimi awaits her date with the gallows.

Goodlatte chairs the House Judiciary Committee, where JASTA now sits languishing.

Dissidents languishing in prison must know that they are not forgotten.

If he had expected to find her languishing, reproachful, or indulging in sentimental tears, he must have been greatly surprised.

His cheeks were the color of crushed grapes, and his dusky eyes glowed with a languishing fire.

At that moment I saw him suffering because of me; I saw his eyes languishing, his lips pale and parched with fever.

These institutions were languishing for support, and in a great degree destitute of the public sympathy.

I wrote to you, mentioning him lightly; I did not dare confide in you, and I was languishing for some word of him.