- in a dying state; near death.
- on the verge of extinction or termination.
- not progressing or advancing; stagnant: a moribund political party.
Origin of moribund
1715–25; < Latin moribundus dying, equivalent to mori- (stem of morī to die) + -bundus adj. suffix
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- near death
- stagnant; without force or vitality
Word Origin for moribund
C18: from Latin, from morī to die
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1721, "about to die," from Middle French moribund (16c.), from Latin moribundus "dying, at the point of death," from mori "to die" (see mortal (adj.)). Figurative sense of "near an end" is from 1837. Related: Moribundity.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- At the point of death; dying.
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