Definition of tabescent in English:



  • Wasting away.

    • ‘At this weak, pale, tabescent moment in the history of American literature, we need a battalion, a brigade, of Zolas to head out into this wild, bizarre, unpredictable, Hog-stomping Baroque country of ours and reclaim it as literary property.’
    • ‘And in a weak, tabescent period for English language cinema there is another option!’
    • ‘The tea was always brewed and he poured with great delicacy, his long and tabescent fingers clasping the handle of the silver teapot.’


Late 19th century: from Latin tabescent- beginning to waste away from the verb tabescere, from tabere waste away.