Critical journalists continue to languish in prison and inside the courtrooms the breadth of the clampdown is on full display.
They see people just like them being elevated quickly to power while they languish, and they become envious.
Common sense, uncontroversial ideas tend to languish when attention has moved elsewhere.
early 14c., "fail in strength, exhibit signs of approaching death," from languiss-, present participle stem of Old French languir "be listless, pine, grieve, fall ill," from Vulgar Latin *languire, from Latin languere "be weak or faint" (see lax). Weaker sense "be lovesick, grieve, lament, grow faint," is from mid-14c. Related: Languished; languishing.