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Friday, October 13, 2017

Definitions for moribund

  1. in a dying state; near death.
  2. on the verge of extinction or termination.
  3. not progressing or advancing; stagnant: a moribund political party.

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Citations for moribund
The moribund hermit's rage and fear, swelling to grotesque proportions, seemed likely to shatter what remained of his failing physique ... H. P. Lovecraft, "Cool Air," Tales of Magic and Mystery, March 1928
"... You should get a dictionary and learn the proper words....It's easy if you really try. You could say that a man was 'dying,' or 'moribund,' if you like." Arthur Conan Doyle, "Bones, the April Fool of Harvey's Sluice," London Society, April 1882
Origin of moribund
The Latin adjective moribundus “about to die, dying,” is a derivative of the Latin (and Proto-Indo-European) root mer- (and its variants) “to die,” appearing in Sanskrit marati “he dies,” Greek émorten “he died,” Baltic (Lithuanian) mir̃sti “to die,” and Hittite mert “he died.” Moribund entered English in the 18th century.
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