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languish
used in Tom Jones

8 uses
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Definition
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
  • I had Miss Sophia's bird in my hand, and thinking the poor creature languished for liberty, I own I could not forbear giving it what it desired; for I always thought there was something very cruel in confining anything.
    Book 4 (15% in)
  • Thus, not all the charms of the incomparable Sophia; not all the dazzling brightness, and languishing softness of her eyes; the harmony of her voice, and of her person; not all her wit, good-humour, greatness of mind, or sweetness of disposition, had been able so absolutely to conquer and enslave the heart of poor Jones, as this little incident of the muff.
    Book 5 (26% in)
  • He considered this poor girl as having sacrificed to him everything in her little power; as having been at her own expense the object of his pleasure; as sighing and languishing for him even at that very instant.
    Book 5 (28% in)
  • He now put on much softness and tenderness, and languished and sighed abundantly.
    Book 11 (32% in)
  • Notwithstanding, therefore, all the delicacies which love had set before him, namely, the hopes of seeing Sophia at the masquerade; on which, however ill-founded his imagination might be, he had voluptuously feasted during the whole day, the evening no sooner came than Mr Jones began to languish for some food of a grosser kind.
    Book 13 (47% in)
  • Who missed an appointment last night, and left an unhappy man to expect, and wish, and sigh, and languish?
    Book 15 (56% in)
  • I am glad, however, all your languishing and wishing have done you no harm; for you never looked better in your life.
    Book 15 (56% in)
  • When I vorbid her, then it was all nothing but sighing and whining, and languishing and writing; now I am vor thee, she is against thee.
    Book 18 (89% in)

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