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Definition no longer in force; or having ceased to exist or live
  • Jimmy's [codename] was Thickney, after a defunct Australian double-jointed bird that used to hang around in cemeteries, and...
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
defunct = having ceased to exist
  • His head leaned back so far that it rested against the face of a defunct mantelpiece clock, and from this position his distraught eyes stared down at Daisy, who was sitting, frightened but graceful, on the edge of a stiff chair.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • defunct = broken
  • He searched the Web for the HottTotts site, hoping that something familiar would help him to feel less isolated, but it was defunct.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • It took him a moment, but then he remembered it: the boring Web interactive with all those defunct animals and plants.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • Perhaps it's a crocodile, escaped from a defunct Cuban handbag farm and working its way north along the shore.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • Not to mention some arm-twisting — Jimmy suspected — on the part of his dad, who'd known the Martha Graham president from their long-defunct mutual summer camp and probably had the dirt on him.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • Also, to set the queasy at ease, it was claimed that none of the defunct pigoons ended up as bacon and sausages: no one would want to eat an animal whose cells might be identical with at least some of their own.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • They thought of all the affection they would have lavished on the defunct if they had known the end was so near.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The show is held in a small defunct supermarket, west on Bloor Street.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • There is no such unwholesome atmosphere as that of an old home, rendered poisonous by one's defunct forefathers and relatives.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He is a deceased man—defunct in understanding.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Pascal had a kilo of sugar cane and a defunct World War II handgun in his backpack.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • And I somehow rigged up two of my chem lights, which glow when you break them in half, and fixed them to the defunct radio wires.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It was a small, stuffy, defunct room, of mahogany, and deathly enlargements of photographs of departed people done in carbon.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Soon, all three of us were decked out like walking advertisements for the defunct theme park.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • The awning must have been there back then, already a relic of a defunct store, but Deo said he didn't remember it.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • The sea fisheries were defunct several years ago; the few fish they have now are from fish farms, and taste muddy.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • To take on temporarily those necessary functions of the defunct Authority I have asked the General Manager of LuNoHo Company to serve.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • But they're already dead, defunct.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • A strange thing has happened to a scion of our defunct aristocracy.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot

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