in a dying state; near death: He arrived at the hospital moribund, and passed away a few hours later.
on the verge of extinction or termination: moribund species, largely due to human encroachment on their natural habitat.
not progressing or advancing; stagnant: a moribund political party.
- mor·i·bun·di·ty, noun
- mor·i·bund·ly, adverb
- un·mor·i·bund, adjective
- un·mor·i·bund·ly, adverb
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How to use moribund in a sentence
The goal is to revive the moribund materials industry by incorporating digital simulations, robotics, data science, artificial intelligence, and even quantum computing into the discovery process.This chemist is reimagining the discovery of materials using AI and automation | Simon Lewsen | October 27, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Edwards, with the raw tools and confidence required of today’s NBA, could be the key to elevating the franchise’s profile beyond its moribund status quo.Anthony Edwards Found His Rhythm Late Last Season. Can He Help Minnesota Find The Playoffs? | James L. Jackson | October 20, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
You could say that when the world got moribund, “No Activity” got animated.A scripted comedy series was about to be shut down by covid. So producers made everyone into a cartoon instead. | Steven Zeitchik | April 16, 2021 | Washington Post
Owing perhaps to its subordinate status, Africa’s second highest peak has not been as romanticized in Western culture as its Tanzanian counterpart—at least if Toto lyrics and Hemingway fantasies of moribund masculinity are anything to go by.Behind the Scenes of a Unique FKT Attempt in Kenya | Martin Fritz Huber | November 24, 2020 | Outside Online
It wasn’t too long ago that Bed Bath & Beyond was presumed by many investors to be moribund.Bed Bath & Beyond stock jumps 30% on first sales gain in years | Phil Wahba | October 1, 2020 | Fortune
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 | Justin Glawe | November 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Tom LeClair | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
What these examples show is that even moribund brands can be revived.
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 | Clive Irving | August 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The taint was too inveterate to be eradicated; the evil was immedicable; Rome was already effete and moribund.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
For a time Parliament was enormously taken up with moribund issues and old quarrels.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
Possibly the first-hand memoir of a miracle would have satisfied us, or the harrowing confessions and last wishes of the moribund.Where the Pavement Ends | John Russell
I have attended many death-beds in response to the invitations of the moribund,but I shall not be present at yours!The Sorrows of Satan | Marie Corelli
In reality, however, many of these popular workers were already moribund and the novel was being honeycombed by French influence.
British Dictionary definitions for moribund
stagnant; without force or vitality
- moribundity, noun
- moribundly, adverb
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