• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Languishingly In a languishing manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • languishingly In a languishing or drooping manner; with lassitude or tender longing; so as to cause 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:

Meanwhile the harness industry languished.
"Coniston, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Prosper had been languishing in his private cell for nine days, when on Thursday morning the jailer came to inform him of the judge's decision.
"File No. 113" by Emile Gaboriau
They open full-faced to the sky, they never droop or languish; they have no secrets, save the marvel of their beauty.
"Thelma" by Marie Corelli
Her languishing air had more charms in it than the most exquisite beauty.
"The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete" by Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
When they were dancing he used to squeeze her hand, and turn up his eyes languishingly.
"The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete" by Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
All was languishing, and the King went away some time after.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
Two artificial plaits stretch themselves languishingly upon a dark mass not unlike a large handful of horsehair.
"Monsieur, Madame and Bebe, Complete" by Gustave Droz
Never have I seen anything so languishing as that creature.
"Child of a Century, Complete" by Alfred de Musset
Monsieur soon arrived, followed by his people; and in an hour the King appeared, pale, languishing, and supported by four men.
"Cinq Mars, Complete" by Alfred de Vigny
The artist emptied it at one draught, and continued in a languishing voice as he gazed with a loving look at his fat neighbor.
"Gerfaut, Complete" by Charles de Bernard

In poetry:

Ah! we so recently felt this same anguish,
Women—Oh! women who suffer and pray,
We well can weep with you, who weep and languish,
We have borne all you are bearing to-day.
"Over The Water" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Cruel Death! The young leaves droop and languish;
Evening's gentle air may still restore—
No! the morning sunshine mocks my anguish-
Time, for me, must never blossom more!
"Death, that struck when I was most confiding" by Emily Jane Bronte
And so another week has gone,
And I once more am left alone
Within my silent room;
My mind is worn by fervent care,
And, languishing, it needs repair
For duties yet to come.
"The Teacher's Soliloquy" by Jared Barhite
Must he then only live to weep,
Who'd prove his friendship true and deep
By day a lonely shadow creep,
At night-time languish,
Oft raising in his broken sleep
The moan of anguish?
"A Valentine" by Lewis Carroll
"Long was he languishing, sunk in obscurity;
Now his wise counsel the populace seeks.
He is the man for you; he'll plot and plan for you.
Rest on his Liberal bosom." (Wild shrieks.)
"A Dirge of the Morning After" by C J Dennis
Why lingers the tear on thy care-furrow'd cheek,
Why bursts from thy bosom the languishing sigh ?
Oh ! what does thy wandering memory seek,
Or what does she shew to thy sorrowing eye ?
""When lately I mus'd on the days that are fled"" by Laura Sophia Temple

In news:

Here's the situation: blackberries and blueberries, languishing in the fridge.
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.
News Kelley Chambers A Crown Heights property that languished for years — and was referred to by neighbors as the "Moldy Manor" — stands as a reminder that even in a historic preservation district there can always be a black sheep.
A small chunk of 1950s France is seemingly stuck in a hell dimension: a one-building slum languishing through the total war between carnivores and vegetarians.
For the last two years, the city of Dallas has diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees intended to pay for restaurant inspections even as the health and safety program languished.
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.
A Marine languishing in a Mexican prison on what his supporters call a trumped up gun charge was made an example by an overzealous prosecutor in a case that begged for discretion, his lawyer said.
A CIBC report released Monday suggests Canada's economic prosperity is at risk due to a labour market split that sees high-demand positions go unfilled while lower-skilled workers languish in unemployment.
Judy Lashley's beloved 1966 Mustang convertible languished in disrepair for more than 30 years.
Mark Zuckerberg wants to use Facebook to help those languishing at the tail end of organ donation lists.
Under Cobb's direction, UAA athletics languish.
It's fair to say that millions of iPhones are languishing in desk drawers or gathering dust.

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