Definition for languishing (2 of 2)
verb (used without object)
Origin of languish
Examples from the Web for languishing
To this day, Tavakoli is languishing in prison for nothing more than demanding basic human rights.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Languishing in a prison cell in southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, 21-year-old Razie Ebrahimi awaits her date with the gallows.
A former senior commander who was close to Mullah Omar, Ibrahim had been languishing in Pakistani jails for the past five years.Freed Taliban Prisoners in Pakistan and Afghanistan Return to Jihad|Ron Moreau & Sami Yousafzai|December 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A year later, when I met him, he was languishing in the bureaucracy of our government.We Abandoned Them: Kirk Johnson’s Fight to Save Iraqis|John Kael Weston|September 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A decade ago, Alber Elbaz was a designer out to prove that he had the capacity to revive the languishing house of Lanvin.
He did not seem to her like a man; he reminded her rather of the languishing angels she embroidered.The Goose Man|Jacob Wassermann
Then the weapon fell from the hand of the odalisk, and the madly-distended eyes and lips resumed their languishing smile.'Midst the Wild Carpathians|Mr Jkai
Another five minutes found them eating like young wolves around a languishing fire.America First|Frances Nimmo Greene
The sun was higher, the dew exhaled in warm and languishing perfume, the mocking-bird filled the air with ecstasy.The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountains|Charles Egbert Craddock
Could it be possible that under the sting of rejection he had made his grotesque threat of languishing effacement real?Selected Stories|Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for languishing
Word Origin for languish
Word Origin and History for languishing
early 14c., "fail in strength, exhibit signs of approaching death," from languiss-, present participle stem of Old French languir "be listless, pine, grieve, fall ill," from Vulgar Latin *languire, from Latin languere "be weak or faint" (see lax). Weaker sense "be lovesick, grieve, lament, grow faint," is from mid-14c. Related: Languished; languishing.