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moribund

[ mawr-uh-buhnd, mor- ]
/ ˈmɔr əˌbʌnd, ˈmɒr- /
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adjective
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.

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Origin of moribund

First recorded in 1715–25; from Latin moribundus “dying,” equivalent to mori- (stem of morī “to die”) + -bundus adjective suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM moribund

mor·i·bun·di·ty, nounmor·i·bund·ly, adverbun·mor·i·bund, adjectiveun·mor·i·bund·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for moribund

moribund
/ (ˈmɒrɪˌbʌnd) /

adjective
near death
stagnant; without force or vitality

Derived forms of moribund

moribundity, nounmoribundly, adverb

Word Origin for moribund

C18: from Latin, from morī to die
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