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[mawr-uh-buhnd, mor-] /ˈmɔr əˌbʌnd, ˈmɒr-/
in a dying state; near death.
on the verge of extinction or termination.
not progressing or advancing; stagnant:
a moribund political party.
Origin of moribund
1715-25; < Latin moribundus dying, equivalent to mori- (stem of morī to die) + -bundus adj. suffix
Related forms
moribundity, noun
moribundly, adverb
unmoribund, adjective
unmoribundly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for moribund
  • The point is that their slick, prosperous world is in fact moribund, so corrupt and monstrous that it is rotting on its feet.
  • Economies become moribund but a powerful, humane idea never dies.
  • It's the brightest spot on the landscape of a man who sees everything else as moribund.
  • Italy's economy is stagnant, its businesses depressed—and its reforms moribund.
  • Downtown, almost 4000 lofts are under construction or in development, giving fresh life to a moribund historic district.
  • Our library is moribund and the Internet connection is laughable.
  • Wi-Fi is one of a few bright spots in the moribund semiconductor industry.
  • But it has been moribund for many years, with share down to one per cent, at best.
  • Multilateralism has hardly been moribund as regional deals have mushroomed.
  • Another couple of twitches were detected in moribund housing markets.
British Dictionary definitions for moribund


near death
stagnant; without force or vitality
Derived Forms
moribundity, noun
moribundly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from morī to die
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Word Origin and History for moribund

1721, "about to die," from Middle French moribund (16c.), from Latin moribundus "dying, at the point of death," from mori "to die" (see mortal (adj.)). Figurative sense of "near an end" is from 1837. Related: Moribundity.

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moribund in Medicine

moribund mor·i·bund (môr'ə-bŭnd')
At the point of death; dying.

mor'i·bun'di·ty (-bŭn'dĭ-tē) n.
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