thanatoid


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thanatoid

(ˈθænəˌtɔɪd)
adj
(Medicine) resembling or like death
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thanatoid

resembling death; deathly.
See also: Death
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They become versions of what in Vineland Pynchon called the 'thanatoid'--ghostly echoes of those who in the material world were dispossessed and downtrodden.
Roman this, livre that: call it what you will, Lieutenant-Colonel de Maumort remains, as its rather obviously thanatoid name suggests, a tome that never quite got itself off the table.
As many critics have observed, the thanatoid reveries and eventual suicide of Chopin's protagonist advance a criticism of the male-dominated social order.
This, I take it, is the importance of the bizarre Thanatoid population who reside just outside of Vineland, persons who postpone their journey into the afterlife because of their need to right the wrongs done them in their past.