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The skeletal singers, withered beneath bedazzled tuxes, spin slowly, carefully, on replaced hips, the dance of the moribund.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  without force or vitality; or nearly dead
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  • The skeletal singers, withered beneath bedazzled tuxes, spin slowly, carefully, on replaced hips, the dance of the moribund.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Poor old John Thomas is as limp and as moribund as a flayed worm.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • At the foot of every bed, confronting its moribund occupant, was a television box.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • He looked exhausted, moribund.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • Beginning on the second day, whenever a patient appeared to be moribund, a piece of paper with his name on it was fastened to his clothing.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • These moribund shapes were free as air—and nearly as thin.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Nadir of misery: the aged impotent disfranchised ratesupported moribund lunatic pauper.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Even the handkerchief in my breast-pocket, worn for elegance and not at all for use, was wet through by the time that moribund woman sank for the last time into the arms of her lover.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • The room was indeed tomblike: a quality stale and static and moribund beyond any mere vivid and living cold.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • The gown fell gauntly from her shoulders, across her fallen breasts, then tightened upon her paunch and fell again, ballooning a little above the nether garments whichshe wouldremove layer by layer as the springaccomplished and the warm days,in color regal and moribund.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury

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  • Joe explained that the passages read by Mr. de Klerk had been taken out of context and that Vula was a moribund operation.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It was unbelievable that there could ever have been a "season," and Rosemary, half in the grip of fashion, became a little self-conscious, as though she were displaying an unhealthy taste for the moribund; as though people were wondering why she was here in the lull between the gaiety of last winter and next winter, while up north the true world thundered by.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Looking at them, the professor saw a little, dirty old man with a short goat’s beard who seemed to be in a state like catalepsy, and an old woman who must have been his wife—a dumpy creature with a face like dough beneath a nodding and soiled white plume, shapeless in a silk dress of an outmoded shape and in color regal and moribund.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • …the two minor advantages of letting her taste the full savour of her affection for us in long years of mourning, and of causing universal stupefaction in the village when she should sally forth to conduct our obsequies, crushed but courageous, moribund but erect, the paramount and priceless boon of forcing her at the right moment, with no time to be lost, no room for weakening hesitations, to go off and spend the summer at her charming farm of Mirougrain, where there was a waterfall.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • At 99.7 degrees—Joachim’s wasn’t any higher than that, nor was anyone else’s, who wasn’t bedridden, terribly ill, or moribund.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The Council had raised taxes, increased fleet production, which had been nearly moribund for ten years, and started a recruiting drive for the Glatun Fleet.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • In one of her letters, Matron wrote of a Harrari girl of twelve or thirteen who had been brought in, moribund, a cut umbilical cord trailing out from between her legs.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • "But do you know," said I, "that there is something in all this very like democracy; and I thought that democracy was considered to be in a moribund condition many, many years ago."
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • The primitive Indo-European language, it is probable, had eight cases of the noun; the oldest known Teutonic dialect reduced them to six; in Anglo-Saxon they fell to four, with a weak and moribund instrumental hanging in the air; in Middle English the dative and accusative began to decay; in Modern English they have disappeared altogether, save as ghosts to haunt grammarians.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • In a far corner upon a few mats the moribund woman, already speechless and unable to lift her arm, rolled her head over, and with a feeble movement of her hand seemed to command—"No!
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • No sooner had you clasped your hands behind your head to gaze at the ceiling and pursue some passing thought than the gong sounded for those who were not bedridden or moribund to get ready for the day’s main meal.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Perhaps there were some here already among the serious cases and the moribund, whom you never saw.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I’ve decided that from now on, I shall show more concern about serious and moribund cases.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Let’s assume someone who’s moribund has a birthday and we learn about it—it’s not hard to come by that sort of information.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Sister Alfreda had already packed her bag and departed from the Berghof, having received an urgent call to report to another moribund patient at a different sanatorium.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He discussed with him whether they ought to send young Fritz Rotbein flowers as well, or perhaps take some with them, even though they were dealing with a moribund male.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Rasmussen the student, who had daily grown thinner and more listless, was now bedridden and considered moribund; and the great-aunt had gone on a trip with her niece and Marusya of the prominent breasts.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It had been a fairly moribund firm run by a conservative set of the traditional Korkoo businessmen.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • All these moribund sexagenarians had the appearance of childish girls.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Perhaps besides Herr Settembrini struggling to eradicate suffering and honor-loving Joachim poring over his Russian textbooks, there were here and there people who did likewise, if not among the denizens of the common lounging areas—which was indeed very unlikely—then among the bedridden and moribund.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • While Joachim was eating his breakfast downstairs, Hans Castorp would sit up, pillows stuffed behind his back, and do the same, with the healthy appetite that a change in life can bring—and would be disturbed hardly at all by the bustling, businesslike invasion of the doctors, who by this time had passed through the dining hall and were now making their rounds, moving at double time through the rooms of the bedridden and moribund.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The wild headlines from below now found their way directly to his balcony door, they sent the Berghof into spasms, filled the dining hall with an odor of sulfur that constricted the chest, seeping even into the rooms of the bedridden and moribund.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Nor was there anything to inspire greater reverence for suffering in his appearance; in its own way, this incident, too, bolstered Hans Castorp’s impression that he was being exposed up here, against his will, to frivolous slovenliness, and, counter to all local custom, he hoped to offset this process by paying closer attention to those seriously ill and moribund.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Sketching pigs with one’s eyes closed—introduced one long-ago Mardi Gras evening by a high-placed personage and enjoyed frequently since— had led to successive geometric teasers, which occasionally engaged the mental powers of all Berghof residents, even the last thoughts and energies of the moribund.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • However, my heart was still with the art of the novel—said to be moribund or even, Lord help us, dead as a smelt—and I was pleased that year of 1967 to be able to disprove its demise (to my personal satisfaction at least) by publishing a work which, in addition to fulfilling my own philosophical and aesthetic requirements as a novelist, found hundreds of thousands of readers—not all of them, as it turned out later, completely happy about the event.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • …(57,000,000,000,000 miles) distant and in volume 900 times the dimension of our planet: of Arcturus: of the precession of equinoxes: of Orion with belt and sextuple sun theta and nebula in which 100 of our solar systems could be contained: of moribund and of nascent new stars such as Nova in 1901: of our system plunging towards the constellation of Hercules: of the parallax or parallactic drift of socalled fixed stars, in reality evermoving wanderers from immeasurably remote eons to…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • To compete with and so to stimulate the moribund feelings that Swann had for Odette, Mme. Cottard, a wiser physician, in this case, than ever her husband would have been, had grafted among them others more normal, feelings of gratitude, of friendship, which in Swann’s mind were to make Odette seem again more human (more like other women, since other women could inspire the same feelings in him), were to hasten her final transformation back into that Odette, loved with an undisturbed…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • a moribund patient
  • Burns with his moribund head nodding on the stalk of his lean neck was a sight for any one to exclaim at.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Shadow Line
  • These moribund shapes were free as air—and nearly as thin.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Heart of Darkness
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