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[lang-gwi-shing] /ˈlæŋ gwɪ ʃɪŋ/

becoming languid, in any way.
expressive of languor; indicating tender, sentimental melancholy:
a languishing sigh.
a languishing death.
[lang-gwish] /ˈlæŋ gwɪʃ/
verb (used without object)
to be or become weak or feeble; droop; fade.
to lose vigor and vitality.
to undergo neglect or experience prolonged inactivity; suffer hardship and distress:
to languish in prison for ten years.
to be subjected to delay or disregard; be ignored:
a petition that languished on the warden’s desk for a year.
to pine with desire or longing.
to assume an expression of tender, sentimental melancholy.
the act or state of .
a tender, melancholy look or expression.
verb (intransitive)
to lose or diminish in strength or energy
(often foll by for) to be listless with desire; pine
to suffer deprivation, hardship, or neglect: to languish in prison
to put on a tender, nostalgic, or melancholic expression

early 14c., “fail in strength, exhibit signs of approaching death,” from languiss-, present participle stem of Old French languir “be listless, pine, grieve, fall ill,” from Vulgar Latin *languire, from Latin languere “be weak or faint” (see lax). Weaker sense “be lovesick, grieve, lament, grow faint,” is from mid-14c. Related: Languished; languishing.


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