moribund

Something that is moribund is almost dead, like a moribund economy that has been stuck in a recession for years.

In Latin, mori means "to die." You probably recognize this root in words like mortal, mortician, and mortuary. Moribund means "near death," but it can also mean something that is coming to an end, nearly obsolete, or stagnant. For example, as streaming videos over the Internet becomes a more and more popular way to watch movies and television shows, the DVD has become a moribund medium.

Definitions of moribund
  1. adjective
    being on the point of death; breathing your last
    “a moribund patient”
    Synonyms:
    dying
    in or associated with the process of passing from life or ceasing to be
  2. adjective
    not growing or changing; without force or vitality
    synonyms: stagnant
    adynamic, undynamic
    characterized by an absence of force or forcefulness
Commonly confused words

morbid / moribund

Morbid describes something gruesome, like smallpox or Frankenstein's monster. Moribund refers to the act of dying. Goths love both. What fun!

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