[ mawr-uh-buhnd, mor- ]
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  1. in a dying state; near death: He arrived at the hospital moribund, and passed away a few hours later.

  2. on the verge of extinction or termination: moribund species, largely due to human encroachment on their natural habitat.

  1. not progressing or advancing; stagnant: a moribund political party.

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, 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

British Dictionary definitions for moribund


/ (ˈmɒrɪˌbʌnd) /

  1. near death

  2. stagnant; without force or vitality

Origin of moribund

C18: from Latin, from morī to die

Derived forms of moribund

  • moribundity, noun
  • moribundly, adverb

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