Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Approaching death; about to die.
  • adj. On the verge of becoming obsolete: moribund customs; a moribund way of life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Approaching death; about to die; dying; expiring.
  • adj. Almost obsolete, nearing an end.
  • n. A person who is near to dying.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. In a dying state; dying; at the point of death.
  • n. A dying person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a dying state.
  • n. A dying person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being on the point of death; breathing your last
  • adj. not growing or changing; without force or vitality

Etymologies

Latin moribundus, from morī, to die; see mer- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin moribundus ("dying") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The reviewers 'criticism says a lot about the failure of our cultural establishment to acknowledge any interesting creative departure in what they are insistent on calling the moribund form of the novel -- despite all evidence to the contrary.

    Anis Shivani: Why American Reviewers Disliked Ian McEwan's "Solar": And What That Says About the Cultural Establishment

  • The entrance of Mr. Prokhorov, 45, into politics could enliven a domestic political scene that even Kremlin officials have called moribund.

    Nets Owner to Lead Russia Party

  • Across town, the China Grill restaurant at the Park Hyatt hotel is also enjoying a surge in business, though as recently as three years ago, the same hotel that is fully booked had to create special promotions to stoke business during what had been traditionally known as a moribund period.

    China's New Year Feasts Go Upmarket

  • The enemy that Johnson and the generals had described as moribund had shown itself to be very alive and, as yet, unbeaten.

    Think Progress » VIDEO: Bush Agrees Current Iraq Violence May Be ‘Jihadist Equivalent Of The Tet Offensive’

  • Well, I think a language with ten speakers can be safely called moribund anyway.

    languagehat.com: WAGIMAN.

  • Sexwale said Africa and its 620 million people were described as moribund, marginalised or peripheral.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Even the famous Comedie Francaise for some years has been in a moribund condition, and I suspect that the intended English National Theatre will remain a permanent argument instead of a concrete fact, because the English at the back of their minds always seem to muddle through, as the phrase goes, and do the wise thing; and I feel they have refrained for so many years from building a national theatre, in spite of continuous efforts to build one, because they see that it too would shortly become what I only call a moribund mess.

    The Future of the Legitimate Theatre

  • - the unspoken narrative here is that integrated marketing is the way forward, the PR agency in its traditional form is moribund, which is one of the reasons why Edelman took the opportunity to change their work environment when they moved into their Victoria offices earlier this year.

    British Blogs

  • When Kazakhstan took the reins of the OSCE in January, it pledged to reinvigorate what it called a "moribund" organization.

    Wanted: OSCE Leadership in Kyrgyzstan

  • I don't see anyone slagging off those particular works as somehow making literature 'moribund' simply by means of their age.

    Archive 2010-05-01

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  • "...the tepid exhalations of a throbbing and groaning basement furnace were transmitted to the rooms with the faintness of a moribund's last breath."

    June 10, 2009

  • That's an effin' bingo.

    October 14, 2008

  • "The patient, when first seen by him, was apparently moribund, in profound coma, with livid face and cold extremities."

    September 13, 2007