Definition of moribund in US English:

moribund

adjective

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

    • ‘Ideally patients will be enrolled before they are moribund and on ‘death's door’.’
    • ‘We took the child out and as I looked at it I realised the kid was moribund.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A previous study showed that death followed the selected moribund symptoms by 1 day or less.’
    • ‘One patient was moribund at presentation and died 4 days later.’
    • ‘Most of the moribund patients recovered due to his treatment.’
    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 vigor.
      ‘the moribund commercial property 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!’
      • ‘Foreign reserves are desperately low, the bond market moribund.’
      • ‘Many investment managers feel stock markets have been moribund for so long that the odds favour a gradual improvement over the next few years.’
      • ‘But three years on, his much-touted finance and commerce ministers have been unable to spark zest into the moribund economy.’
      • ‘He cannot liberate his people from the moribund cycle of violence and suffering.’
      • ‘Officials at City Hall are convinced that after decades of stagnation, the city's moribund downtown core is on the verge of a breakthrough.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But for many potential buyers, the moribund nature of the stock market today makes it unattractive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He brought superb organizational skills, financial muscle and a solidly conservative orientation to what had been a moribund party.’
      • ‘In his review, he reveals a gift for decaying and moribund figures of speech.’
      • ‘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 moribund economy and the decline of traditionally unionized industries eroded the base of the labor movement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People thought we were strange to take an interest in an out-of-the-way, if not moribund, part of the capital market.’
      • ‘And that culture was nowhere near moribund, but being kept alive, and by ordinary people as much as ‘elites’.’
      • ‘Rates had been exceptionally low for a protracted period as the US central bank sought to reignite a very moribund domestic and international economy.’
      • ‘A once desultory and commercially moribund neighborhood is revived.’
      declining, in decline, on the decline, waning, dying, stagnating, stagnant, decaying, crumbling, atrophying, obsolescent, on its last legs
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Origin

Early 18th century: from Latin moribundus, from mori ‘to die’.

Pronunciation

moribund

/ˈmɔrəˌbənd//ˈmôrəˌbənd/