moribund - vocabulary



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adjective

About to die; on the verge of termination or extinction; on the verge of becoming obsolete.
Of the twenty or so civilizations known to modern Western historians, all except our own appear to be dead or moribund, and, when we diagnose each case, in extremis or post mortem, we invariably find that the cause of death has been either War or Class or some combination of the two.

—Arnold J. Toynbee Civilization on Trial (1948)

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