languish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v languish become feeble "The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon"
    • v languish lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief "After her husband died, she just pined away"
    • v languish have a desire for something or someone who is not present "She ached for a cigarette","I am pining for my lover"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Languish See Languishment. "What, of death, too,
      That rids our dogs of languish ?"
      "And the blue languish of soft Allia's eye."
    • Languish To assume an expression of weariness or tender grief, appealing for sympathy.
    • Languish To be neglected and unattended to; as, the proposal languished on the director's desk for months.
    • Languish To become languid or weak; to lose strength or animation; to be or become dull, feeble or spiritless; to pine away; to linger in a weak or deteriorating condition; to wither or fade. "We . . . do languish of such diseases.""Cease, fond nature, cease thy strife,
      And let me languish into life."
      "For the fields of Heshbon languish ."
    • v. i Languish To cause to droop or pine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • languish To become weak or spiritless; become listless or sad; lose strength or animation; pine: as, to languish in solitude.
    • languish To droop, wither, or fade, as a plant, from heat, drought, neglect, or other unfavorable conditions.
    • languish To grow feeble or dull; lose activity and vigor; dwindle; fall off: as, the war languished for lack of supplies; manufactures languished.
    • languish To act languidly; present or assume a languid appearance or expression, especially as an indication of tender or enervating emotion.
    • languish Synonyms To decliue, faint, fail.
    • languish To cause to droop or fail.
    • n languish The act of declining, drooping, or pining; a languid posture or appearance; languishment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Languish lang′gwish to become languid or enfeebled: to lose strength and animation: to pine: to become dull, as of trade
    • n Languish (Shak.) languishment
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. languishen, languissen, F. languir, L. languere,; cf. Gr. to slacken, slack, Icel. lakra, to lag behind; prob. akin to E. lag, lax, and perh. to E. slack,. See -ish

Usage

In literature:

They had come to the Pipi field when it was languishing.
"Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Complete" by Gilbert Parker
You've languished with the girls; you shall have your chance to drink with Francois Bigot.
"The Seats Of The Mighty, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Yet he did not look like a languishing lover; rather like one inflamed with a great idea or stirred to a great resolve.
"The World For Sale, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Presently, too, she let the conversation languish, and at last allowed it to drop.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
A few minutes later Ibarra, seeing that the interest of the party could only languish, took his leave.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
He looked and languished; she flushed and faltered.
"The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves" by Tobias Smollett
The conversation languished; a general silence succeeded; the monk did not heed it.
"The Ghost-Seer (or The Apparitionist), and Sport of Destiny" by Friedrich Schiller
And you, too, with that languishing air?
"Love and Intrigue A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
Four long years in the times of the war had he languished a captive, Suffering much in an old French fort as the friend of the English.
"Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four." by William H. Elson
Attached to the corps was a young men's Bible class languishing for want of a leader.
"The Angel Adjutant of "Twice Born Men"" by Minnie L. Carpenter
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In poetry:

Let me not languish then, and spend
A life as barren to thy praise
As is the dust, to which that life doth tend,
But with delaies.
"Employment" by George Herbert
Though she, if death the bands should tear
She vainly thought secure,
Through life must languish in despair,
That never hopes a cure;
"To Sensibility" by Helen Maria Williams
Why do I languish thus, drooping and dulle,
As if I were all earth?
Oh give me quicknesse, that I may with mirth
Praise thee brim-full!
"Dulnesse" by George Herbert
If the soul in secret languish,
Where is then thy wonted smile?
Canst thou calm the throb of anguish?
Canst thou sorrow's pains beguile?
"Address To Beauty" by Elizabeth Bath
In pain, yet unconcern'd I live,
And languish when I should believe.
Lord, if thou cease to come and stay,
My soul in sin will pine away.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
For my soul is steeped in anguish
And all my bones are crushed below -
From life’s chilling blasts I languish
To the grave then let me go!
"Orphan;s Request" by Joseph Warren Watson

In news:

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.
Leveraged buyout players might circle, but the company seems to be in such disarray now, as new product development has languished on Zander 's watch.
Brainstorming is great, but after the meeting the ideas often languish on someone's hard drive or notepad and no one ever acts on them.
For a war vet from South Florida, a leisurely road trip to a seaside vacation came to an abrupt end in a Mexican jail, where he has languished for four months, sometimes chained to a bed.
A nearly yearlong process to redevelop Hilton Head Island's languishing mall wound its way toward a close Thursday.
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.
Here's the situation: blackberries and blueberries, languishing in the fridge.
Peter Madoff's $6 Million Gold Coast Mansion Languishes on the Market.
) Big birds, like turkey, languish on the grate, their flesh massaged for hours by the wood smoke.
'The Heiress ' Languishes This Time Around.
While US climate legislation languishes, the rest of the world is already taking the next step—educating police on how to keep criminals out of the global carbon markets.
For a war vet from South Florida, a leisurely road trip to a seaside vacation came to an abrupt end in a Mexican jail , where he has languished for four months, sometimes chained to a bed.
Plexes languish, but fest screenings pack 'em in.
So they languish in their miserably monotonous routines until finally comes the hour of their doom.
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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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