succumb

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v succumb consent reluctantly
    • v succumb be fatally overwhelmed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first human heart transplant happened on December 3, 1967. Unfortunately the patient only lived for eighteen days, succumbing in the end to pneumonia
    • v. t Succumb To yield; to submit; to give up unresistingly; as, to succumb under calamities; to succumb to disease.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in 1978 that it would alternate men's and women's names in the naming of hurricanes. It was seen as an attempt at fair play. Hurricanes had been named for women for years, until NOAA succumbed to pressure from women's groups who were demanding that Atlantic storms be given unisex names.
    • succumb To sink or give way under pressure or superior force; be defeated; yield; submit; hence, to die.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Succumb suk-kum′ to lie down under: to sink under: to yield, to submit, to die.
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Quotations

  • Violet Trefusis
    Violet Trefusis
    “You are my lover and I am your mistress and kingdoms and empires and governments have tottered and succumbed before now to that mighty combination.”
  • Harriet Martineau
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    “Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. succumbere,; sub, under + cumbere,in comp.), akin to cubare, to lie down. See Incumbent Cubit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sub, under, cumbĕre, to lie down.

Usage

In literature:

At that date the Commune succumbed to its more powerful neighbours.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
The despotism to which the republic eventually succumbed was no less commercial than the democracy had been.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Cholera broke out among the emigrants, and one after another succumbed.
"In the Rocky Mountains" by W. H. G. Kingston
The others too succumbed to his charm.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
The strongest lion succumbs when stung by many bees.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
The grazing becomes more scanty the higher you go, and many of the caravan animals succumbed.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
He was alive, but in a dying condition, and he succumbed on the way to the hospital.
"Ten From Infinity" by Paul W. Fairman
It is assumed, however, that it sustained fatal injuries, because after a two years' fight against its wound it finally succumbed.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
Lola Gilbert, young and romantic and inexperienced, succumbed.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
Cholera broke out among the emigrants, and one after another succumbed.
"In the Rocky Mountains" by W. H. G. Kingston
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In poetry:

Will ye succumb beneath a power,
That grasps at full control,
And binds its helpless victims down
In servitude of soul?
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston
Love me? she his vows repeated:
Fiery vows oft sung and thrummed:
Wondered, as on earth a stranger;
Thirsted, trusted, and succumbed.
"A Preaching From A Spanish Ballad" by George Meredith
What's the sweetest news in spring
That the blithesome swallows bring,
When from southern lands they fly
Through our cloudier northern sky
After frosts and cold succumb?
"What's The Sweetest News In Spring?" by Oscar Fay Adams
Well, should we chance to meet beside the Ford,
I and this chief whose valour ne'er has failed,
Story shall tell the fortune of each sword,
And who succumbed and who it was prevailed.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Oh, when cometh my turn to succumb like my prey,
May brave men my body snatch away from th' array
Of the crows--may they heap on the rocks till they loom
Like a mountain, befitting a colossus' tomb!
"The Giant In Glee" by Victor Marie Hugo
Yet is the spirit strong within me still,
And bears me up though manhood's strength succumb,
Unbent by any blighting blast of ill,
Through fiery trials, to all false witness dumb;
They cannot stain me, though perchance they kill!
"Beatrice Di Tenda" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

Sammon Says Socialize or Succumb .
Don't succumb to bullied election.
College Sports' Old Rivalries Succumb To New Money.
Ash trees may succumb to borer in upcoming years.
In the next few years, you may have to cut down dead ash trees that have succumbed to the Emerald Ash Borer.
Attorney for teen charged in Grand Rapids shooting death: 'He succumbed to the worst kind of peer pressure'.
Four year old Kenzee Wheeler succumbed to her injuries after being airlifted to Wilson Hospital on Thursday.
A Navarre cyclist who was struck by a car Sunday afternoon succumbed to his injuries late Tuesday.
Frontpage Ian Lockwood succumbs to brain cancer.
Just months shy of graduating Navarre High School, senior Ian Lockwood succumbed to brain cancer – an illness he's been battling since August 2009.
Kickoff is at 2 p.m. And so Thanksgiving begins a slow succumb to rampant commercialism.
) and succumbed to the lure of its popularity (Everybody's eating quinoa.
And part of the joy of watching Stefon, it turns out, is anticipating which ridiculous lines will make him succumb to the character 's absurdity.
Hyde was diabetic and in need of a liver transplant, but succumbed in September before he could get one.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in 1933, "Fear paralyzes those who succumb to it.".
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In science:

First, the positions of the disk particles are incrementally pushed further away from the LMC, and second, the disk succumbs to bending, particularly at its edges.
The Effect of Drag from the Galactic Hot Halo on the Magellanic Stream and Leading Arm
As a result, the shock soon succumbs to the ram pressure of the outer core and stalls at a radius of ∼(100 − 200) km.
The Role of Collective Neutrino Flavor Oscillations in Core-Collapse Supernova Shock Revival
A respected colleague who eventually succumbed to Alzheimers disease remarked during the process that the first warning he had received was a fairly sudden decline in facility at mental arithmatic, so the once-a-week check is not entirely silly.
Astrophysics in 2006
His second attempt to specify a winning strategy against his program succumbed to the same problem. (It involved repeating questions multiple times.) Weintraub’s problem in answering the question points to the craftiness of his solution to the Loebner prize puzzle.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology succumbed to a tragic death at his early twenties.
Some fascinating series and their sums
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