• WordNet 3.6
    • n languisher a person who languishes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Languisher One who languishes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n languisher One who languishes, droops, or pines.
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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:

Godwin Peak was not framed for romantic languishment.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
Mrs. Renfield was the widow of one of the diplomatists who languish in perpetual first secretary-ship at our various embassies.
"The Hermit and the Wild Woman and Other Stories" by Edith Wharton
Whether business in general doth not languish among us?
"The Querist" by George Berkley
Knowledge, letters, and arts have their vicissitudes, he says; they rise, increase, and nourish, and then languish and die.
"The Idea of Progress" by J. B. Bury
To resuscitate the whole languishing area, a staggering 30 billion dollars is touted as the minimal bill.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Every pleasure languishes when enjoyed a-part from company, and every pain becomes more cruel and intolerable.
"A Treatise of Human Nature" by David Hume
I invented languishing poses for her in the boat.
"The Grim Smile of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
Adrian's head; too; languishes beneath the triple crown but twenty months.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66" by John Lothrop Motley
You have heard that I am ordered to Roussillon, of which I am glad, for the war languishes here.
"Won by the Sword" by G.A. Henty
Agriculture has languished and labor suffered.
"U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses" by Various

In poetry:

Whilst all my wish and thine complete,
By turns we languish and we burn,
Let sighing gales our sights repeat,
Our murmurs - murmuring brooks return.
"Summer" by Samuel Johnson
Welcome, rain or tempest
From yon airy powers,
We have languished for them
Many sultry hours,
And earth is sick and wan, and pines with all her flowers.
"A Summer Shower" by Henry Timrod
V. And oh! how oft I'm doom'd to hear
A voice that from the heart new stole,
Where still I languish for those tones
That woo and win the list'ning soul.
"Fragment XIV." by Sydney Owenson
When'er I languished in the throes of hopeless grief
Amid the troubles of life's vanity,
Your sweet voice lingered on in me,
Your dear face came to me in dreams.
"To... (Kern)" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
He is gone—and, ah! with bitter anguish
Vainly now I breathe my mournful sighs;
He is gone—in hopeless grief I languish
Earthly joys I ne'er again can prize!
"Amalia" by Friedrich von Schiller
She languished and faded, and silently fell;
And now in the tomb she is lying.
While none that looked on could the malady tell,
The flower in its beauty was dying!
"The Hidden Name" by Hannah Flagg Gould

In news:

150,000 languish in NKorean prison camps.
The case was assigned to the MCSO sex-crimes unit, where it languished .
Politics allows Brown field to languish in San Diego.
School test cheating thrives while investigations languish .
Why has Bowe Bergdahl languished as a POW for nearly 3 years.
Languishing development in Independence gets a shot in the arm.
Zynga Hands Out Stock Options to Retain Staff Amid Languishing Share Price (Report).
Languishing on the vine.
Deals languish on Obama's desk.
Why are three free-trade deals languishing on Obama's desk.
View an interactive timeline of Languishing Lehman on CBS News, complete with photos, historical facts, and much more.
Toxic waste languishes beneath slab.
Greenville's downtown began to languish in the 1960s, as shopping centers lured the major retailers to the suburbs.
The New York Times Company is close to unloading the languishing early Internet artifact, All Things D reports.
Sometimes we let it languish for so long we can't even remember exactly what the heck it used to be.

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