Definition of moribund in English:



  • 1(of a person) at the point of death.

    ‘on examination she was moribund and dehydrated’
    • ‘Each of the two protagonists is more or less moribund - one convalescing after a near fatal collapse; the other laid low by deep vein thrombosis.’
    • ‘She'd been lying for several hours before discovery, and, although conscious on admission to casualty, she was clearly moribund.’
    • ‘One patient was moribund at presentation and died 4 days later.’
    • ‘A previous study showed that death followed the selected moribund symptoms by 1 day or less.’
    • ‘Most of the moribund patients recovered due to his treatment.’
    • ‘We took the child out and as I looked at it I realised the kid was moribund.’
    • ‘Ideally patients will be enrolled before they are moribund and on ‘death's door’.’
    dying, expiring, on one's deathbed, near death, near the end, at death's door, breathing one's last, fading fast, sinking fast, not long for this world, failing rapidly, on one's last legs, in extremis
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    1. 1.1 (of a thing) in terminal decline; lacking vitality or vigour.
      ‘the moribund commercial property market’
      • ‘A big battleship would help the moribund community around Hunters Point, which has a battleship pier and plans for 1,600 homes.’
      • ‘Indeed, many see the need for large-scale hydrogen production as a way to jumpstart the moribund nuclear industry.’
      • ‘Many investment managers feel stock markets have been moribund for so long that the odds favour a gradual improvement over the next few years.’
      • ‘In his review, he reveals a gift for decaying and moribund figures of speech.’
      • ‘An innovative programme could revitalise the moribund, but the financial services industry is too set in their ways to do any lateral or creative thinking.’
      • ‘But three years on, his much-touted finance and commerce ministers have been unable to spark zest into the moribund economy.’
      • ‘I think I know what Bill and Ian Fraser are trying to do: they clearly felt that they needed to invigorate something that they must have seen as moribund.’
      • ‘A moribund economy and the decline of traditionally unionized industries eroded the base of the labor movement.’
      • ‘He brought superb organizational skills, financial muscle and a solidly conservative orientation to what had been a moribund party.’
      • ‘In a largely moribund game, he represents vibrancy, rising like a white knight as his club were plunged into the potential darkness of administration.’
      • ‘A once desultory and commercially moribund neighborhood is revived.’
      • ‘Officials at City Hall are convinced that after decades of stagnation, the city's moribund downtown core is on the verge of a breakthrough.’
      • ‘Foreign reserves are desperately low, the bond market moribund.’
      • ‘Rates had been exceptionally low for a protracted period as the US central bank sought to reignite a very moribund domestic and international economy.’
      • ‘He cannot liberate his people from the moribund cycle of violence and suffering.’
      • ‘People thought we were strange to take an interest in an out-of-the-way, if not moribund, part of the capital market.’
      • ‘Conventional wisdom holds that the North is looking for aid and investment to help feed its starving population and revive its moribund economy.’
      • ‘Due to an acid residue from paper manufacturing many older books and journals are already brown and crumbling; the books are moribund!’
      • ‘But for many potential buyers, the moribund nature of the stock market today makes it unattractive.’
      • ‘And that culture was nowhere near moribund, but being kept alive, and by ordinary people as much as ‘elites’.’
      declining, in decline, on the decline, waning, dying, stagnating, stagnant, decaying, crumbling, atrophying, obsolescent, on its last legs
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Early 18th century: from Latin moribundus, from mori ‘to die’.