moribund


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

mor·i·bund

 (môr′ə-bŭnd′, mŏr′-)
adj.
1. Approaching death; about to die.
2. On the verge of becoming obsolete: moribund customs; a moribund way of life.
3. Barely active or in use, especially after a period of intense activity: a moribund stock market.

[Latin moribundus, from morī, to die; see mer- in Indo-European roots.]

mor′i·bun′di·ty (-bŭn′dĭ-tē) n.
mor′i·bund′ly adv.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

moribund

(ˈmɒrɪˌbʌnd)
adj
1. near death
2. stagnant; without force or vitality
[C18: from Latin, from morī to die]
ˌmoriˈbundity n
ˈmoriˌbundly adv
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

mor•i•bund

(ˈmɔr əˌbʌnd, ˈmɒr-)

adj.
1. near death or termination.
2. not progressing; stagnant; lifeless.
[1715–25; < Latin moribundus dying =mori- (s. of morī to die) + -bundus adj. suffix]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.moribund - not growing or changing; without force or vitality
adynamic, undynamic - characterized by an absence of force or forcefulness
2.moribund - being on the point of death; breathing your last; "a moribund patient"
dying - in or associated with the process of passing from life or ceasing to be; "a dying man"; "his dying wish"; "a dying fire"; "a dying civilization"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

moribund

adjective declining, weak, waning, standing still, stagnant, stagnating, on the way out, at a standstill, obsolescent, on its last legs, forceless the moribund housing market
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
Translations

moribund

[ˈmɒrɪbʌnd] ADJmoribundo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

moribund

[ˈmɒrɪbʌnd] adjmoribond(e)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

moribund

adj persontodgeweiht (geh), → moribund (spec); speciesim Aussterben begriffen; (fig) plan, policyzum Scheitern verurteilt; customs, way of lifezum Aussterben verurteilt; the empire was in a moribund statedas Weltreich stand vor dem Untergang or ging seinem Untergang entgegen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

moribund

[ˈmɒrɪˌbʌnd] adjmoribondo/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

mor·i·bund

a. moribundo-a, cercano-a a la muerte, agonizante.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in classic literature ?
Even the handkerchief in my breast-pocket, worn for elegance and not at all for use, was wet through by the time that moribund woman sank for the last time into the arms of her lover.
What would happen should one of the moribund Spanish gun-boats be suddenly galvanized into a flicker of active life did not trouble us, once we were inside the bay--so completely did it appear out of the reach of a meddling world; and besides, in those days we were imaginative enough to look with a kind of joyous equanimity on any chance there was of being quietly hanged somewhere out of the way of diplomatic remonstrance.
When he rose painfully the thrusting forward of a skinny groping hand deformed by gouty swellings suggested the effort of a moribund murderer summoning all his remaining strength for a last stab.
The all but moribund veteran of dynamite wars had been a great actor in his time - actor on platforms, in secret assemblies, in private interviews.
These moribund shapes were free as air--and nearly as thin.
Burns with his moribund head nodding on the stalk of his lean neck was a sight for any one to exclaim at.
He said the moribund Ajaokuta steel plant if completed is capable of generating over 50, 000 direct jobs aside the jobs that will be created under the downstream industries that will evolve which he noted can reduce 50 per cent of unemployment rate in the country.
In order to succeed, the new agriculture secretary should submit a comprehensive plan to revive the moribund agriculture industry, and should not be
"It's completely moribund," one person who was asked to support the project told the Financial Times.
The Dow also finally trespassed below the "Death Cross" of its 50- (24,981) and 200-day (25,059) moving averages as of yesterday, joining both the S&P and NASDAQ on that moribund list.
Since the move this May, the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah has rejected any mediating role by the US in the moribund Middle East peace process.
Resuscitating the moribund enterprises through heavy financial injections and 'bureaucratic loyalty' is questionable.