Definition of death-in-life in US English:

death-in-life

noun

literary
  • A life that lacks any satisfaction or purpose; a living death.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Timothy Kendall (fl. 1572–1577), translator and poet. From death + in + life.

Pronunciation

death-in-life

/dɛθɪnˈlʌɪf/