• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Languishness Languishment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n languishness Languidness; languor.
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  • John Gay
    “But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed, that I languished and pined till I granted the rest.”
  • Robert F. Kennedy
    “Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.”


In literature:

Our energies languished under these hardships and deadly fatigues, but Joan's did not.
"Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Volume 1 (of 2)" by Mark Twain
The moon swung low, and languished softly on the snowy ridge beyond.
"Tales of the Argonauts" by Bret Harte
Mark Twain's literary work languished during this period.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Week was added to week, and still I languished in this rich prison.
"The Wanderer's Necklace" by H. Rider Haggard
And all this promenading and flirting and languishing and love-making, would it come to nothing-nothing more than usual?
"Their Pilgrimage" by Charles Dudley Warner
The acquaintance between the house of Henderson and the house of Delancy was not permitted to languish.
"The Golden House" by Charles Dudley Warner
If seller met seller and buyer met buyer, trade would languish.
"The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner
Without them the common school would languish.
"Summer in a Garden, and Calvin, A Study Of Character" by Charles Dudley Warner
So he spoke and looked very languishing, and put on him quite the airs of an Orlando.
"Doctor Thorne" by Anthony Trollope
Ohio had defied the ruling in M'Culloch vs. Maryland, and her Treasurer was languishing in jail by the mandate of the Federal Circuit Court.
"John Marshall and the Constitution" by Edward S. Corwin

In poetry:

Joy is ours that is almost anguish:
Pain that is almost sweet:
We kiss; and the ocean creatures languish
Jealously at our feet;
The sight grows dim, and the senses swim
When I and my lady greet.
"A Song" by Barcroft Henry Boake
How can you complain, or what am I to say,
Since my dog lies unfed, and my sheep run astray?
Need I tell what I mean that I languish alone!
When I leave all the plain you may guess 'tis for one.
"Chanson. - And Imitation" by Matthew Prior
When wearisome sickness has taught me to languish
For Health, and the blessings it bears on its wing;
Let me hope (ah! how soon would it lessen my anguish),
That to--morrow will ease and serenity bring.
"To-Morrow - Written During Sickness." by Susanna Blamire
Vital spark of heav’nly flame!
Quit, O quit this mortal frame:
Trembling, hoping, ling’ring, flying,
O the pain, the bliss of dying!
Cease, fond Nature, cease thy strife,
And let me languish into life.
"The Dying Christian to His Soul" by Alexander Pope
"But when, beneath that scorching ray,
I languished, weary through the day,
While birds refused to sing,
Verdure decayed from field and tree,
And panting Nature mourned with me
The freshness of the Spring.
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte
For you the purple current flowed
In pardons from his wounded side,
Languished for you the eternal God,
For you the Prince of glory died:
Believe, and all your sin's forgiven;
Only believe, and yours is heaven!
"Hymn XXX: Where Shall My Wondering Soul Begin?" by Charles Wesley

In news:

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.
Oh, how she lusts after John the Baptist, who languishes in prison.
He is thinking of the agents he sent over there, into the badlands, who languish now in jail while he is free.
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.
These stock funds are taking in billions of new dollars while others languish.
Senate Republicans have announced plans to push for a quick vote on Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination for a powerful appeals court judgeship has languished since 2003.
On Wednesday, 15 Chihuahuas that had been languishing in Los Angeles animal shelters landed in Washington, DC, en route to Virginia, where they were expected to be snapped up by pet lovers.
But attendees and senior lawmakers who heard Corbett 's remarks said they sent a clear signal that the administration finally intended to act on a key issue that has languished on the legislative backburner for months.
More than 10,000 members of Turkey's Kurdish minority -- who account for 18 percent of the country 's population -- languish in the country 's jails on various terrorism charges.
After languishing empty for several years, the prominent Inner Harbor space once occupied by Legal Sea Foods has a new tenant, Brio Tuscan Grille (100 E. Pratt St, 410-637-3440).
For every hybrid sport that gets the Olympic seal of approval, there are dozens of others languishing in obscurity.

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