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  • The prisoner languished in the dungeon for years.
  • If you’re worried their conversation will languish, include Kim. She will assure stimulating conversation no matter who is at the table.
  • Months passed, and Kano languished in prison, frightened and humiliated.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • One desperate grief cures with another’s languish:
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet

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  • a man that languishes in your displeasure.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Maybe all hospitals should import groups of rabble-rousing punk rockers to kick-start the languishing patients’ hearts.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • So Ah got up on de high stool lak she told me, but Pheoby, Ah done nearly languished tuh death up dere.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • At present, Mulch was languishing in a stone-walled cell in LEP Central.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • It exasperated her to think that the dungeon in which she had languished for so many unhappy years had been unlocked all the time,
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • I am sure you don’t want to languish in the dungeons of Limerick jail far from friends and family.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes

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  • If he had expected to find her languishing ... he must have been greatly surprised.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Cat languishes in cellar for two days.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • He languished there, but soon, beside the ships, the Argives would remember and call him back.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I sometimes make my Parisian lovers languish for fifteen days, but I give myself to you the first night because one must do the honours of one’s country to a young man from Westphalia.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Over a century, languishing in chains,
    Dare I now hope for freedom from my woes?
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • To the which place a poor sequester’d stag,
    That from the hunter’s aim had ta’en a hurt,
    Did come to languish ...
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • There are insect carcasses everywhere, squashed against the windowpanes and walls, languishing in pools of water behind the taps of the sink.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Caspian was sorry for the others languishing in the hold of Pug’s slave-ship,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • death ... that rids our dogs of languish
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • In Russia just now, a young man could get thrown in jail for stealing a loaf of bread or a bottle of vodka and, because the criminal justice system was clogged, languish in a detention center for a year or even four years before his case came to trial.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • What is it, my good lord, the king languishes of?
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • For several days, the six walked along a dusty road that bordered a field of languishing, half-harvested wheat.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • All these people languishing in filth, praying for the ’Great Prusias’ to stop and make their fortune.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • The careless owner hardly noticed it, and for some years it languished on the shelves, acquiring a pattern of mildew across the cover.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • Long hours spent languishing in bed under a down comforter with room service a bell pull away, hot bubble baths with Parisian soaps and...
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • They have languished in filthy, roach infested jails,
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  I Have a Dream
  • It’s not like you’ve been languishing in celibacy.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Languish, die, or recover, the game’s over, the grand master Vosch mated.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Many of my relatives owned a horse or two, which languished in comfort for much of the year and got trotted out for the August race meet.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Yet the thought of her discarded necklace languishing alone in the Exchange unleashed a pang of grief that threatened to rip her heart in two.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • By the time the two of them finished trimming it their tree-trimming instincts having languished for so many Christmases — hardly a pine needle could be seen under the tinsel and balls and whatnot.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • Reports reached us that these Polish Jews were languishing on the border in a squalid no-man’s-land of temporary camps.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • "There was a time there when places were languishing for a year or more, but lately I’ve been averaging, oh, just four to six months, with our more desirable properties."
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Or was now pathetically languishing in a lunatic asylum, so that the use of the past tense is merely sorrowfully euphemistic?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Did you think Gaea would let such an important spirit languish in the Underworld?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I can hardly imagine they would allow you to languish in durance vile here.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • That was how it had started; that was how Hobart and Blackwell, after languishing for years, had begun under my beady auspices to turn a profit.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • When Scipio viewed the video, Chime was still languishing in the DeKalb County Jail, four days after his arrest.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • ’No, Colonel,’ Milo said, with a long, languishing, wistful sigh, ’it isn’t very good.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • They languished in conditions hardly fit for mud-grubbing gwormmies.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Her appetite failed and her interest in Avonlea doings languished.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • The ship slid by for what seemed like a mile, a mile of high, black canyon wall, a mile of castle fortification with not a single sentinel to notice us languishing in the moat.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute!
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Otherwise, I would still be languishing in the king’s treasury.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to this agony till he sing in dissolution.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • What matters really, not only to me, but to officers of justice and the king, is that an innocent man should languish in prison, the victim of an infamous denunciation, to die here cursing his executioners.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • At length, he began to languish for fresh air, and took many occasions of earnestly entreating the old gentleman to allow him to go out to work with his two companions.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She was pale and fair, with long curls falling in profusion over her shoulders, had large, blue, languishing eyes, rosy lips, and hands of alabaster.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • As in the past, therefore, let us provide passage, and quickly, for no guest of mine languishes here for lack of it.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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