Languished

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Languished sunken in languor
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Quotations

  • John Gay
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    “But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed, that I languished and pined till I granted the rest.”
  • Robert F. Kennedy
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    “Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. languir, languiss-,—L. languescĕrelanguēre, to be faint.

Usage

In literature:

I think I must languish a little at him.
"A Rock in the Baltic" by Robert Barr
He is imprisoned in Valencia by Alfonso of Naples, languishes in a dungeon for ten years.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
But she was no Lydia Languish to need opposition as a stimulus.
"Magnum Bonum" by Charlotte M. Yonge
A week went by, and although the hurt to her foot had healed, like some flower in the dark Miriam drooped and languished in those gloomy vaults.
"Pearl-Maiden" by H. Rider Haggard
The Baron observed that he was silent and reserved; the conversation languished on both sides.
"The Old English Baron" by Clara Reeve
Languishing, as it is with us?
"The Imperialist" by (a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
However, his wit and his languishing glances and double meanings fell on barren ground.
"Richard Carvel, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Will the Yankees murder him for treason, or send him North to languish the rest of his life?
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
His master was continually whispering with the languishing Macedonian.
"Cleopatra, Complete" by Georg Ebers
You languish for the blessing of Christ, and you follow after heathen abominations.
"The Bride of the Nile, Complete" by Georg Ebers
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In poetry:

Under the blue skies of her native land
She languished and began to fade...
Until surely there flew without a sound
Above me, her young shade;
"Under The Blue Skies..." by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Why should I seek the thickest shade,
Lest Love's dear secret be betray'd?
Why the stern brow deceitful move,
When I am languishing with love?
"To Love" by Henry Kirke White
And still I sang in glowing strain
Of wedded love too soon to languish;
Then sank my song in moans of pain,
And died away in tones of anguish.
"The Warning Wail" by Janet Hamilton
All else grows tame, the sky's one blue,
The one long languish of the rose,
But these, beyond prevision new,
Shall charm and startle to the close.
"The Discovery" by James Russell Lowell
I languish for my Husband's charms,
Yet faint away when in his arms;
My sweetest health does sickness prove;
When love me heals, I'm sick of love.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Beauty for ashes, oil of joy for grief,
Garment of praise for spirit of heaviness:
Although to-day I fade as doth a leaf,
I languish and grow less.
"From House To House" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

A $31 Million Wallflower, Languishing Amid Luxury.
Even though the scoreboard reflects nothing of the sort, Rex Ryan believes the Jets' languishing offense is improving.
It's all the rage these days for gigantic agrichemical companies to release creepy videos touting the benefits of dodgy products languishing under the regulatory microscope.
Stocks fell broadly Friday on fresh signs that Europe's debt problems and the US economy continue to languish.
Judging by the notes scrawled here in my trusty notepad and the links I see languishing in my inbox, I reckon it's about time for another Week in Fresh Tracks.
Manager Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can turn their season around despite a surprise 2-0 home defeat by Swansea City on Saturday left his team languishing in 10th place in the Premier League.
Languishing on the sidelines, an exciting S-LSA makes a comeback.
Dickey of the New York Mets languished in the minors for 14 years, bouncing from one team to another before finally perfecting that perplexing knuckleball that made him a major league star.
This time, a true-crime writer (Ethan Hawke) and his family move into a new home with a deep dark history that unspools in the home movies languishing in the attic.
India's GDP growth languishes, headed for decade low.
ATLANTA (AP) — An analysis of more than 15 years of police records has found that officers sanctioned for misconduct in Georgia routinely keep their badges and draw pay for years as their appeals languish.
An analysis of more than 15 years of police records has found that officers sanctioned for misconduct in Georgia routinely keep their badges and draw pay for years as their appeals languish.
ATLANTA (AP) An analysis of more than 15 years of police records has found that officers sanctioned for misconduct in Georgia routinely keep their badges and draw pay for years as their appeals languish.
Korean food in the United States has long languished in obscurity while the cuisine of its neighbors, China and Japan, have been active players in the development of the modern American pantry.
A 31-year-old woman is dead after doctors in Ireland reportedly refused to give her an abortion as she languished in pain from an ongoing miscarriage.
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In science:

The enhancement was not observed in J/ψ → π0 p ¯p or ψ ′ → (π0 , η)p ¯p, and the resonance interpretation has languished.
Challenges in Hadron Physics
Cartan (who did it in order to construct all symmetric spaces ca. 1925/26), and a short revival in the fifties (Berger, Lichnerowicz), the study of holonomy languished until resuscitation in the mid-eighties, in part by imposition of physics (as in so many other mathematical questions!).
Special Holonomy Manifolds in Physics
In the vast stream of new user-generated content, only a few items will prove to be popular, attracting a lion’s share of attention, while the rest languish in obscurity.
Using Stochastic Models to Describe and Predict Social Dynamics of Web Users
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