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Definition without force or vitality; or nearly dead
  • 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
  • The room was indeed tomblike: a quality stale and static and moribund beyond any mere vivid and living cold.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Poor old John Thomas is as limp and as moribund as a flayed worm.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • The skeletal singers, withered beneath bedazzled tuxes, spin slowly, carefully, on replaced hips, the dance of the moribund.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • These moribund shapes were free as air—and nearly as thin.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ...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
  • 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
  • I've decided that from now on, I shall show more concern about serious and moribund cases.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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