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  • "What does 'languishing' mean?"   (source)
    languishing = suffering in a bad situation for a long time
  • Caspian was sorry for the others languishing in the hold of Pug's slave-ship,   (source)
    languishing = suffering for a long time
  • So Ah got up on de high stool lak she told me, but Pheoby, Ah done nearly languished tuh death up dere.   (source)
    languished = suffered in a bad situation for a long time
  • It exasperated her to think that the dungeon in which she had languished for so many unhappy years had been unlocked all the time,   (source)
  • If he had expected to find her languishing ... he must have been greatly surprised.   (source)
    languishing = suffering in a bad situation for a long time
  • Months passed, and Kano languished in prison, frightened and humiliated.†   (source)
  • Wide-spaced cumulus clouds languished above it all in shades of white and blue, their shadows tracing the contoured land.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • If we kept her home, she would languish, do badly, seem like nothing special.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • —while he languished in his lady's scorn.†   (source)
  • Reports reached us that these Polish Jews were languishing on the border in a squalid no-man's-land of temporary camps.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • A wicked king's wooden wives languishing under an evil wooden spell.†   (source)
  • Wasn't it possible Mameha would realize the hopelessness of my cause and leave me to languish in the okiya like a little-worn kimono that had seemed so lovely in the shop?†   (source)
  • Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to this agony till he sing in dissolution.†   (source)
  • In recent decades, however, it had disappeared, languishing in a secret private collection.†   (source)
  • Hiro did not attend Juanita and Da5id's weddin& he was languishing in jail, into which he had been thrown a few hours before the rehearsal.†   (source)
  • They languished in conditions hardly fit for mud-grubbing gwormmies.†   (source)
  • And now I might never find out who or what was as good as dead, for it looked as if we were going to have to languish on our cots forever while the rain poured down.†   (source)
  • When Scipio viewed the video, Chime was still languishing in the DeKalb County Jail, four days after his arrest.†   (source)
  • I saw myself turning on a knife then, languishing in a day-to-day suffering which I found as necessary as penance from the confessional, truly hoping death would find me unawares and render me ft for eternal pardon.†   (source)
  • Over the weeks that followed he languished in the hospital, staring blankly at the ceiling, arms curled tightly at his sides, muscles atrophying, his weight dropping below eighty pounds.†   (source)
  • Otherwise, I would still be languishing in the king's treasury.†   (source)
  • Nothing had changed, not even the placement of the furniture, but everything struck him as different: the hallways with their worn wood floors, the broken windowpanes patched with scraps of cardboard, the dusty ferns languishing in rusty tin cans and chipped ceramic pots, the fetid smells of urine mixed with food that turned his stomach.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile, Alvin was languishing in the county jail, looking—to Lexie's eyes, at least—like he belonged there.†   (source)
  • They had the capacity to help us, languishing in our factions, but instead they let us fall apart.†   (source)
  • One afternoon, evidently, this butler had entered the dining room to make sure all was well for dinner, when he noticed a tiger languishing beneath the dining table.†   (source)
  • Plauen languished under Communist rule.†   (source)
  • He was simply too vital to the organization to allow him to languish in jail.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Languish, die, or recover, the game's over, the grand master Vosch mated.†   (source)
  • Jackie found it languishing in the White House broadcast room, buried beneath a pile of electronics.†   (source)
  • Most academic analyses of this sort tend to languish, unread, on a dusty library shelf.†   (source)
  • He raced ahead of all his men to see her face the sooner, only to be left languishing whilst she ate lamb and figs with some dried-up old woman.†   (source)
  • 'No, Colonel,' Milo said, with a long, languishing, wistful sigh, 'it isn't very good.†   (source)
  • Did you think Gaea would let such an important spirit languish in the Underworld?†   (source)
  • It was too soon to go back to our natal homes, so we women and children languished in our upstairs chambers, waiting, waiting, waiting.†   (source)
  • Enrique still languished in his top bunk.†   (source)
  • Far to the south, in a wide pass among the towering peaks of the Spine of the World, Akar Kessell languished in the soft life that Crenshinibon had provided for him.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Now it languished on a high shelf, under a box full of cash register tapes.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • They languished in the refugee camps—Khan Yunis, Shatila, Ein al-Hilweh, Yarmouk, Balata, Jenin, Tulkarm, and dozens more—and dreamed of their olive groves and lemon trees.†   (source)
  • Or was now pathetically languishing in a lunatic asylum, so that the use of the past tense is merely sorrowfully euphemistic?†   (source)
  • There the conversation languished, and after a moment George realized that Jan wanted to be alone.†   (source)
  • I, a soldier, languish in captivity, Homesick, I am, poor soldier, kept in foreign parts.†   (source)
  • She waits like a drop, hands languishing together in front.†   (source)
  • They have languished in filthy, roach infested jails,   (source)
    languished = suffered in a bad situation for a long time
  • For several days, the six walked along a dusty road that bordered a field of languishing, half-harvested wheat.   (source)
    languishing = suffering in a bad situation for a long time
  • Long hours spent languishing in bed under a down comforter with room service a bell pull away, hot bubble baths with Parisian soaps and...   (source)
  • He languished there, but soon, beside the ships, the Argives would remember and call him back.   (source)
    languished = suffered in a bad situation for a long time
  • At least, he was trying to project an image of a languishing, unperturbed kind of dwarf.†   (source)
  • Knighthood languished in Irwin's barn, refusing to eat.†   (source)
  • It's not like you've been languishing in celibacy.†   (source)
  • Soon I was spending so much time playing with Don that my other pursuits languished.†   (source)
  • I think I'm languishing, to tell you the truth.†   (source)
  • The cell where the young man languished was unlit.†   (source)
  • His question hung in the air, languishing without a response until a bell sounded.†   (source)
  • Nearly half of all tb cases and most of the drug-resistant ones languished in the prisons.†   (source)
  • The letters, like so many others, languished in the glacial mail system, and wouldn't make it to America until long after the war's end.†   (source)
  • Lomita Flight Strip, which had been renamed Zamperini Field while Louie was languishing in Naoetsu, was rededicated to him not once more, but twice.†   (source)
  • Down the hall, Phil languished.†   (source)
  • Red as a ruby dipped in blood, red as iron hot to forge, red as a burning ember of hate and anger, Thorn appeared above the languishing trees.†   (source)
  • Any hopes he might have nursed of finding Shagwell, Pyg, or Zollo languishing in the dungeons were sadly disappointed.†   (source)
  • Of course there was no trace from the air of the refugee camps, just over the border in Rwanda, where he had languished fearfully for months.†   (source)
  • Inside the mansions of the rich, the bottles of champagne remained unopened, lobsters languished on their silver trays, and pastries swarmed with flies.†   (source)
  • Or perhaps he was languishing in one of the black cells beneath the Red Keep, her letter still unsent.†   (source)
  • He managed to scavenge some hundred nails, an old hammer, a saw, and a broom that was languishing within a crawl space.†   (source)
  • He languished there for weeks, then returned in a gigantic cast to the apartment he shared with Ophelia.†   (source)
  • Painting still languished, which supported the view of those who considered that static, two-dimensional forms of art had no further possibilities.†   (source)
    He was on His way from Bethany to Jerusalem,
    Languishing under the sadness of premonitions.†   (source)
  • Even now, the girl probably languished in tears because the little country train she was coming on, from her unknown town, was late.†   (source)
  • In any case, of the 70,000 Jews who stayed in the city, approximately half were living "legally" in the ravaged ghetto (even as Sophie languished in the Gestapo jail many of these were preparing for martyrs' deaths in the April uprising only a few weeks away).†   (source)
  • Perhaps, even more foolishly, she had come early, and was languishing just beyond that gate, not knowing if she were allowed inside the wall or not-how would she know?†   (source)
  • There with some female friend—flush, plump and idle like herself—she would sweep through Altman and Bergdorf and Bonwit and half a dozen other fancy shops and return to Queens with the back seat stacked high with boxes of ladies' merchandise, most of which languished in pristine condition in her bureau drawers or got stuffed into the recesses of her many closets, where Blackstock later found score upon score of unused gowns and dresses faintly smudged with mildew.†   (source)
  • When the fire was black, my servants came languishing from the kitchen, and all the way up the ladder to the beds above they had to pull the drowsy-kneed star-gazers, spilling laughter and songs all the way.†   (source)
  • She was still in what appeared to be a raw condition of shock over Nathan's desertion of her (she said, not without a touch of grisly humor, that she had contemplated several times hurling herself from the window of the ratty Upper West Side hotel where she had languished those three days), but if grief over his parting had obviously eroded her spirit, it was this same grief, I sensed, that allowed her to open even wider the gates of her memory in a mighty cathartic cataract.†   (source)
  • I would be loath to see my son languish at Harrenhal any longer than he must, however.†   (source)
  • That was why she had let him languish here, ignoring the urgent commands he had sent her.†   (source)
  • In their retrospect, her body, never turning, seemed to languish upright for a moment, then descend.†   (source)
  • I could not allow the men who fought with mine son to languish in the damp and the dark of the caves while I yet have life in mine bones.†   (source)
  • Wilbur didn't understand the word "languish" and he hated to bother Charlotte by asking her to explain.†   (source)
  • Without Astaroth, humans would not have to languish in fear and servitude while demons transformed the world into their own hellish fiefdoms.†   (source)
  • But truly there is some irony in the fact that the one book that I rejected and—at least to my knowledge—also later found a publisher was a work which did not languish unknown and unread.†   (source)
  • Conversation during the meal would have languished more than once but for the tact and affability of the Chinese; now, in his absence, a rather unhappy silence supervened.†   (source)
  • After luncheon he stood on the balcony with a megaphone which had appeared surprisingly among the bric-à-brac of Sebastian's room, and in languishing tones recited passages from The Waste Land to the sweatered and muffled throng that was on its way to the river.†   (source)
  • At another, we have selected an exaggeratedly feminine type, faint and languishing, so that folly and cowardice, and all the general falseness and littleness of mind which go with them, shall be at a premium.†   (source)
  • From the Social Predestination Room the escalators went rumbling down into the basement, and there, in the crimson darkness, stewingly warm on their cushion of peritoneum and gorged with blood-surrogate and hormones, the foetuses grew and grew or, poisoned, languished into a stunted Epsilonhood.†   (source)
  • Her appetite failed and her interest in Avonlea doings languished.†   (source)
  • In spite of their best efforts, however, the dinner was a languishing affair.†   (source)
  • His cheeks were the color of crushed grapes, and his dusky eyes glowed with a languishing fire.†   (source)
  • She cocked her head on one side and languished at him through screwed-up eyes.†   (source)
  • Our conversation, lively at the outset, then languished.†   (source)
  • He kept the book open at the bewitching portrait, and looked at it rather languishingly.†   (source)
  • 'But now,' said the first gentleman, 'now we have the happiness we have pined and languished for.†   (source)
  • Clym's boyish love for her might have languished, but it might easily be revived again.†   (source)
  • 'Quite away?' said the gentleman, with a languishing look.†   (source)
  • Have we pined and languished for this happiness, Pyke, or have we not?'†   (source)
  • He had gone to the roots of White Fang's nature, and with kindness touched to life potencies that had languished and well-nigh perished.†   (source)
  • Grandson Settembrini mentioned one detail that made a special impression on young Hans Castorp: Grandfather Giuseppe had worn only black when appearing among his fellow citizens, because, as he said, he was in mourning for Italy, his fatherland, which languished in misery and bondage.†   (source)
  • So she did not inquire of herself why Helen's coquetry and Dorothy's languishing allurement annoyed her, or why Edith's eloquent smile and words had pleased her.†   (source)
  • Conversation languished.†   (source)
  • That evening, the hot breeze languished along the palm-waving ridge where the ashes of Gustaf Sondelius were lost among cinders, and a depression in a garden marked the grave of Leora.†   (source)
  • Then, as the sound of St. Margaret's languished, he thought, She has been ill, and the sound expressed languor and suffering.†   (source)
  • He slipped his other hand upwards along Odette's cheek; she fixed her eyes on him with that languishing and solemn air which marks the women of the old Florentine's paintings, in whose faces he had found the type of hers; swimming at the brink of her fringed lids, her brilliant eyes, large and finely drawn as theirs, seemed on the verge of breaking from her face and rolling down her cheeks like two great tears.†   (source)
  • The lines of her countenance changed from the rigidity of business to the softness of love when she saw Jude, and she bent her eyes languishingly upon him.†   (source)
  • Playing with Erik, and her married—Well—But she looks at him in that languishing, swooning, mid-Victorian way.†   (source)
  • She went on thinking this, answering vaguely, languishing affectionately, and altogether drifting, until she was on a borderless sea of speculation.†   (source)
  • Hmm, yes, you'll have to take him into the bargain for now, my languishing Celadon, nothing's going to help you there.†   (source)
  • They had seemed stiff and undetailed, but now there strode from them a personality, a personality unlike that of the languishing young man in the velvet jacket playing a dummy piano in a canvas room.†   (source)
  • When he came away from Odette, he was happy, he felt calm, he recalled the smile with which, in gentle mockery, she had spoken to him of this man or of that, a smile which was all tenderness for himself; he recalled the gravity of her head which she seemed to have lifted from its axis to let it droop and fall, as though against her will, upon his lips, as she had done on that first evening in the carriage; her languishing gaze at him while she lay nestling in his arms, her bended head seeming to recede between her shoulders, as though shrinking from the cold.†   (source)
  • Not indeed in actual words; that is, he could not read the language yet; but it was plain enough, this beauty, this exquisite beauty, and tears filled his eyes as he looked at the smoke words languishing and melting in the sky and bestowing upon him in their inexhaustible charity and laughing goodness one shape after another of unimaginable beauty and signalling their intention to provide him, for nothing, for ever, for looking merely, with beauty, more beauty!†   (source)
  • The vibrations produced amazing effects near their source, but like all ghostly things, quickly languished with distance, grew feeble, their powers merely illusory.†   (source)
  • We insert that sort of thing into the mainstream of our lives as a kind of interruption or interlude, for the purpose of "recreation," which is to say: a refreshing, revitalizing exercise of the organism, because it was in immediate danger of overindulging itself in the uninterrupted monotony of daily life, of languishing and growing indifferent.†   (source)
  • A few other topics of general interest were introduced by Mr. Brooke and wet-blanketed by Mrs. Brooke, and conversation languished.†   (source)
  • Her spirits deserted her; she had long spells of tears, and her women could not remember when they heard her laugh; of the roses on her cheeks only ashes remained; she languished and faded gradually, but certainly.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He'll carry off Katerina Ivanovna, for whom he is languishing, and pocket her dowry of sixty thousand.†   (source)
  • He bowed himself out; and Mrs. Sparsit, hiding in the window curtain, saw him languishing down the street on the shady side of the way, observed of all the town.†   (source)
  • The conversation languished; Madame Bovary gave it up every few minutes, whilst he himself seemed quite embarrassed.†   (source)
  • Each of these stoppages was made at a doleful grating, by which any languishing good airs that were left uncorrupted, seemed to escape, and all spoilt and sickly vapours seemed to crawl in.†   (source)
  • Before Father Madeleine's arrival, everything had languished in the country; now everything lived with a healthy life of toil.†   (source)
  • But the game usually languished for the aforesaid reason—the dismal privacy which the earthen circle enforced, shutting out every appreciative passer's vision, every commendatory remark from outsiders—everything, except the sky; and to play at games in such circumstances was like acting to an empty house.†   (source)
  • It came languishing down a square funnel that blinded a window in the staircase wall, through which the sky was never seen—nor anything else.†   (source)
  • Society loves creole natures,[427] and sleepy, languishing manners, so that they cover sense, grace, and good-will: the air of drowsy strength, which disarms criticism; perhaps, because such a person seems to reserve himself for the best of the game, and not spend himself on surfaces; an ignoring eye, which does not see the annoyances, shifts, and inconveniences, that cloud the brow and smother the voice of the sensitive.†   (source)
  • Sometimes they were the expressive eyes of Henry, languishing in death, the dark orbs nearly covered by the lids and the long black lashes that fringed them; sometimes it was the watery, clouded eyes of the monster, as I first saw them in my chamber at Ingolstadt.†   (source)
  • Blighted and battered, but still responsive and still ironic, his face was like a lighted lantern patched with paper and unsteadily held; his thin whisker languished upon a lean cheek; the exorbitant curve of his nose defined itself more sharply.†   (source)
  • By and by the beadle comes out, once more intensifying the sensation, which has rather languished in the interval.†   (source)
  • But, for the season, after the independence of the States was established, this sect of Christians languished for the want of the highest order of its priesthood.†   (source)
  • 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!†   (source)
  • This was a full-blown, very plump damsel, fair as waxwork, with handsome and regular features, languishing blue eyes, and ringleted yellow hair.†   (source)
  • "Gracious Heaven, Mamma—you don't suppose the man would bring his wife," shrieked Lady Blanche, who had been languishing in George's arms in the newly imported waltz for hours the night before.†   (source)
  • I wonder sometimes, when I think of it, what they would have done if I had been taken with an illness; whether I should have lain down in my lonely room, and languished through it in my usual solitary way, or whether anybody would have helped me out.†   (source)
  • The whales might have made one of their regular soundings, not a temporary dive from mere fright; and if that were the case, Stubb, as his wont in such cases, it seems, was resolved to solace the languishing interval with his pipe.†   (source)
  • The thin air refreshed him, and he sat on the edge of precipices with the best of them, and, when talk languished, flung pebbles into the void.†   (source)
  • Games at cards languished, players at dominoes musingly built towers with them, drinkers drew figures on the tables with spilt drops of wine, Madame Defarge herself picked out the pattern on her sleeve with her toothpick, and saw and heard something inaudible and invisible a long way off.†   (source)
  • It profits me but little, after all, that a vigilant authority should protect the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly avert all dangers from my path, without my care or my concern, if this same authority is the absolute mistress of my liberty and of my life, and if it so monopolizes all the energy of existence that when it languishes everything languishes around it, that when it sleeps everything must sleep, that when it dies the State itself must perish.†   (source)
  • Her mistress was a captive in a vast and gloomy castle, along with forty-four other young and beautiful girls, pretty much all of them princesses; they had been languishing in that cruel captivity for twenty-six years; the masters of the castle were three stupendous brothers, each with four arms and one eye—the eye in the center of the forehead, and as big as a fruit.†   (source)
  • When his youngest child was eight years old, his wife, who had long been languishing away—of her own inherent weakness, not that she retained any greater sensitiveness as to her place of abode than he did—went upon a visit to a poor friend and old nurse in the country, and died there.†   (source)
  • She did not fail, in truth, to lavish all sorts of attentions upon him, from the delicacies of food to the coquettries of dress and languishing looks.†   (source)
  • I am certain of it; his languishing looks and modulated tones when addressing Mademoiselle Danglars fully proclaim his intentions.†   (source)
  • Mr. Snagsby, wholly unable to answer this or any question in his troubled mind, repairs to the Sol's Arms and finds Mr. Weevle languishing over tea and toast with a considerable expression on him of exhausted excitement and exhausted tobacco-smoke.†   (source)
  • In my love-lorn condition, my appetite languished; and I was glad of it, for I felt as though it would have been an act of perfidy towards Dora to have a natural relish for my dinner.†   (source)
  • On her side, Cosette languished.†   (source)
  • Before him was the sun, half curtained in fleecy mist; before him also spread the desert; not the realm of drifting sands, which was farther on, but the region where the herbage began to dwarf; where the surface is strewn with boulders of granite, and gray and brown stones, interspersed with languishing acacias and tufts of camel-grass.†   (source)
  • It languished a little when the present Duke in his youth insisted upon having his own operas played there, and it is said one day, in a fury, from his place in the orchestra, when he attended a rehearsal, broke a bassoon on the head of the Chapel Master, who was conducting, and led too slow; and during which time the Duchess Sophia wrote domestic comedies, which must have been very dreary to witness.†   (source)
  • I wouldn't change a dandy I know of for three young Englishmen," observed Marya Kondratyevna tenderly, doubtless accompanying her words with a most languishing glance.†   (source)
  • The days were peaceful and serene; the nights brought with them neither fear nor care; no languishing in a wretched prison, or associating with wretched men; nothing but pleasant and happy thoughts.†   (source)
  • "So," replied de Winter, laughing, "that beautiful hair so skillfully disheveled, that white skin, and that languishing look, have not yet seduced you, you heart of stone?"†   (source)
  • CHAPTER IV — LOST THE robbery at the Bank had not languished before, and did not cease to occupy a front place in the attention of the principal of that establishment now.†   (source)
  • When we hastily returned from putting on our bonnets, we found the young family languishing in a corner and Mrs. Pardiggle sweeping about the room, knocking down nearly all the light objects it contained.†   (source)
  • As a consequence, country airs circulated in Soho with vigorous freedom, instead of languishing into the parish like stray paupers without a settlement; and there was many a good south wall, not far off, on which the peaches ripened in their season.†   (source)
  • And Maximilian was patient, and employed himself in mentally contrasting the two girls,—one fair, with soft languishing eyes, a figure gracefully bending like a weeping willow; the other a brunette, with a fierce and haughty expression, and as straight as a poplar.†   (source)
  • Near it, chipped at all the corners, was a miniature given him by Emma: her toilette seemed to him pretentious, and her languishing look in the worst possible taste.†   (source)
  • Then only d'Artagnan remembered the languishing glances of Kitty, her constantly meeting him in the antechamber, the corridor, or on the stairs, those touches of the hand every time she met him, and her deep sighs; but absorbed by his desire to please the great lady, he had disdained the soubrette.†   (source)
  • Tip languished in Clifford's Inns for six months, and at the expiration of that term sauntered back one evening with his hands in his pockets, and incidentally observed to his sister that he was not going back again.†   (source)
  • This Madame Thenardier was a sandy-complexioned woman, thin and angular— the type of the soldier's wife in all its unpleasantness; and what was odd, with a languishing air, which she owed to her perusal of romances.†   (source)
  • It was probably owing to this fortification of the natural strength of his constitution with so much exposure to the air, and the salt sea, that Mr Sparkler did not pine outwardly; but, whatever the cause, he was so far from having any prospect of moving his mistress by a languishing state of health, that he grew bluffer every day, and that peculiarity in his appearance of seeming rather a swelled boy than a young man, became developed to an extraordinary degree of ruddy puffiness.†   (source)
  • Destiny, with its mysterious and fatal patience, slowly drew together these two beings, all charged and all languishing with the stormy electricity of passion, these two souls which were laden with love as two clouds are laden with lightning, and which were bound to overflow and mingle in a look like the clouds in a flash of fire.†   (source)
  • And at these words, as if all her strength was exhausted, Milady sank, weak and languishing, into the arms of the young officer, who, intoxicated with love, anger, and voluptuous sensations hitherto unknown, received her with transport, pressed her against his heart, all trembling at the breath from that charming mouth, bewildered by the contact with that palpitating bosom.†   (source)
  • Still, though he loved and languished after the most orthodox models, and was only deterred from making a confidante of Kate by the slight considerations of having never, in all his life, spoken to the object of his passion, and having never set eyes upon her, except on two occasions, on both of which she had come and gone like a flash of lightning—or, as Nicholas himself said, in the numerous conversations he held with himself, like a vision of youth and beauty much too bright to last—his ardour and devotion remained without its reward.†   (source)
  • If he were not there when we went in, and I began to hope he would not come and yielded myself for a little while to the interest of the scene, I was certain to encounter his languishing eyes when I least expected it and, from that time, to be quite sure that they were fixed upon me all the evening.†   (source)
  • ladder or pair of steps, rose above the wall dividing their garden from that of the next cottage, (which, like their own, was a detached building,) and was gradually followed by a very large head, and an old face, in which were a pair of most extraordinary grey eyes: very wild, very wide open, and rolling in their sockets, with a dull, languishing, leering look, most ugly to behold.†   (source)
  • Otherwise mildly studious in his observation of human nature, on the whole a benignant philosopher not disposed to be severe upon the follies of mankind, Mr. Bucket pervades a vast number of houses and strolls about an infinity of streets, to outward appearance rather languishing for want of an object.†   (source)
  • In revolving these matters, while she undressed, it suddenly struck her as not unlikely that she might that morning have passed near the very spot of this unfortunate woman's confinement—might have been within a few paces of the cell in which she languished out her days; for what part of the abbey could be more fitted for the purpose than that which yet bore the traces of monastic division?†   (source)
  • But then a day came when Meleagros was stung by venomous anger that infects the coolest thinker's heart: swollen with rage at his own mother, Althaie, he languished in idleness at home beside his lady, Kleopatre.†   (source)
  • Kamar al-Zaman lay down to languish; his father, the king, sat down at his head, weeping and mourning over him, and never leaving him, night or day.†   (source)
  • The breakfast beginning by-and-by to languish, Mr Meagles made the company a speech.†   (source)
  • She does not languish for you, and it might have been dangerous.†   (source)
  • If spring came at all to Oak Creek Canyon it warmed into summer before Carley had time to languish with the fever characteristic of early June in the East.†   (source)
  • Under no circumstances must he lend himself to any additional blandishments or languishments in this field.†   (source)
  • Why should you languish here?†   (source)
  • There is none of the tendency to sing outside of my lady's window—to languish and repine in the face of difficulties.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • On the shores of the stream nature displays an inexhaustible fertility; in proportion as you recede from its banks, the powers of vegetation languish, the soil becomes poor, and the plants that survive have a sickly growth.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • How odd to find that even this industry has its financial panics, and at times sees its assignats and greenbacks languish to zero, and everything come to a standstill.†   (source)
  • He is an excellent young man, and will suit Harriet exactly; it will be an 'Exactly so,' as he says himself; but he does sigh and languish, and study for compliments rather more than I could endure as a principal.†   (source)
  • To look far below those who, like a certain fair personator of Polly Peachum early in the last century, and another of Lydia Languish early in this, have won not only love but ducal coronets into the bargain, whole shoals of them have reached to the initial satisfaction of getting love almost whence they would.†   (source)
  • Then, too, existence for you must be a scene of continual change and excitement, or else the world is a dungeon: you must be admired, you must be courted, you must be flattered — you must have music, dancing, and society — or you languish, you die away.†   (source)
  • Oh, sir, the loftiest hopes on earth Draw lots with meaner hopes: heroic breasts, Breathing bad air, ran risk of pestilence; Or, lacking lime-juice when they cross the Line, May languish with the scurvy.†   (source)
  • For he was not one of those gentlemen who languish after the unattainable Sappho's apple that laughs from the topmost bough—the charms which "Smile like the knot of cowslips on the cliff, Not to be come at by the willing hand."†   (source)
  • a man that languishes in your displeasure.   (source)
    languishes = suffers in a bad situation for a long time
  • What is it, my good lord, the king languishes of?   (source)
  • Now will I speak of woeful Damian,
    That languisheth for love, as ye shall hear;
    Therefore I speak to him in this manneare.†   (source)
    standard suffix: Today, the suffix "-eth" is replaced by "-s", so that where they said "She languisheth" in older English, today we say "She languishes."
  • Did you seek the civilian's peaceful and languishing rhymes?†   (source)
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    Now trumpeter for thy close,
    Vouchsafe a higher strain than any yet,
    Sing to my soul, renew its languishing faith and hope,
    Rouse up my slow belief, give me some vision of the future,
    Give me for once its prophecy and joy.†   (source)
  • He ended, and his words their drooping cheer
    Enlightened, and their languished hope revived.†   (source)
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