• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Languishment Tenderness of look or mien; amorous pensiveness.
    • Languishment The state of languishing. "Lingering languishment ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n languishment The state of languishing, or of pining or drooping.
    • n languishment A languid appearance or expression; hence, softness of look or mien; tender yieldingness or compliance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Languishment the act or state of languishing: tenderness of look
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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.”


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


In literature:

They languish when the game goes high; and they die when putridity supervenes.
"More Hunting Wasps" by J. Henri Fabre
It comforted him to know that there could be agonies yet more horrible than those pains of the body under which he languished.
"Henry VIII And His Court" by Louise Muhlbach
She was a city girl visiting in town, an older, tall, red-haired girl, with languishing, long-lashed eyes.
"Missy" by Dana Gatlin
The fourteen days had expired, and in the camp of Pirna languished seventeen thousand men!
"Frederick The Great and His Family" by L. Muhlbach
And attitudes of tender languishment!
"The Love-Chase" by James Sheridan Knowles
The conversation languished during dinner; but it was not dulness that we were afraid of.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
If it be left to itself, it flags and languishes; agitation only gives it grace and vigour.
"The Essays of Montaigne, Complete" by Michel de Montaigne
Not a woman in Italy but is languishing for him!
"Antonina" by Wilkie Collins
Well, if I had to languish behind bars for a while I could survive it.
"The Firefly Of France" by Marion Polk Angellotti
The singer still roared, though the tune was caressing, languishing, a love song.
"Jonah" by Louis Stone

In poetry:

Yet why complain, "Our short-spun lives expire;"
When Nature fades, and stars their darkness mourn;
Since all alike partake th' eternal fire,
And all alike must languish in their turn?
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
VI. For they tell me, alone and unfriended thou'rt left
On the pillow of sickness to languish;
By absence, by fate, of the fond friend bereft
Who could feel for, and solace, thy anguish.
"The Swan Quill" by Sydney Owenson
HOW wild is the struggle, how deep is the anguish
That preys on my bosom, by fancy refin'd;
I feel in this torture I long cannot languish,
A torture that springs from a doubt in the mind.
"The Doubt" by Charlotte Dacre
I. Is this then the passion, is this the sweet anguish?
Fondly to feel, and as fondly inspire;
My poor silly heart in its folly would languish,
And sigh, the true martyr of love to inspire.
"L'Amante Furioso" by Sydney Owenson
And long I waited, but in vain:
That freshness never came again,
Though Summer passed away,
Though Autumn's mists hung cold and chill.
And drooping nature languished still,
And sank into decay.
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte
IV. So faded, so tintless, it lives but to languish,
All its blushes, its freshness, decay'd,
And droops (hapless flow'r!) as tho' love's tender anguish
On its blushes and freshness had prey'd.
"La Rose Fletrie" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

Babies needing foster parents languished in hospitals for weeks, sometimes years.
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.
Half of Americans Languish While More- Affluent Flourish Jul 7, 2011 Printable format Email this Article Search.
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.
Owners of blighted residential properties in the city will now face an additional penalty for allowing their buildings and land to languish.
Reforms languish while overpaid, underworked lawmakers bicker.
But it's fair to say that millions of iPhones are languishing in desk drawers or gathering dust.
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.
Muammar Gaddafi 's former right-hand man is languishing in a Libyan jail with kidney cancer and no access to lawyers, his daughter said on Wednesday, calling for him to get a fair trial.
India's GDP growth languishes, headed for decade low.
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.
Spit spares tongues, gastrotriches gulp microbes, cold fusion languishes.

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