from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. lacking of vigor or spirit.
  • v. Present participle of languish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Becoming languid and weak; pining; losing health and strength.
  • adj. Amorously pensive; indicating melancholy.
  • adj. Suffering neglect; neglected.
  • adj. Continuing in a weak or deteriorating state; lingering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Expressive of languor; indicating tender, sentimental emotion: as, a languishing look or sigh.


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  • You're not any less 'credible' just because people getting published in languishing dead trees disagree with you.

    Movie Review: Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer is Terrible (This Review Includes an Exclusive Note from Alfred Hitchcock’s Ghost) | /Film

  • To me, they read with a practical air, perhaps reflecting the fact that they were once recited aloud from memory, perhaps reflecting a people without a lot of interest in languishing, musing, or waxing philosophically.

    Judith Lindbergh - An interview with author

  • Yes, my poor Orenburg shawl in languishing in favor of this beauty.

    Jasper goes to the beach

  • So, we always said we will do buybacks as long as we think the stock is attractive and using that capital doesn't take away our ability to grow the company and we have enough excess capital that that's been the case, I hate to use the word languishing but this current stock prices extremely attractive, trading around our book value and as you know most of our competitors that are public or trading, 1.3 to 1.5 times book value. The Ad-Free Personal Finance Blogs Aggregator

  • He didn't much relish the idea of languishing around the empty Collegium for a fortnight with nothing to do and no company.

    Brightly Burning

  • He revolted at the idea of languishing in idleness at Paris, while fresh laurels were growing for him in distant climes.

    The Memoirs of Napoleon

  • Oduwole has called the languishing case frivolous and a "misunderstanding" blown out of proportion.

    The Seattle Times

  • The result is a mental interpretation of the world that has integrated all the senses into a single picture, while filtering out conflicting pieces of information The 'global workspace' integrates the senses into a single picture, filtering out conflicting information Lack of compelling evidence left the idea languishing on the shelf.

    New Scientist - Online News

  • A 1964 United States Treasury audit revealed the existance of millions low-mintage uncirculated United States Carson City Mint Morgan Silver Dollar coins languishing in obscurity inside US Treasury vaults for decades. - Financial News

  • The rights and wrongs of transracial adoption are in the news in the U.K. again, as the coalition government has proudly pronounced that race should not be a bar in adoption and that too many dual-heritage children are "languishing" in the British care system.

    Katharine Quarmby: Transracial Adoption: Is Love Enough?


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