Word + Quiz: moribund

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Word + Quiz: moribund

1. being on the point of death; breathing your last

2. not growing or changing; without force or vitality

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The word moribund has appeared in 53 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 16 in “Japan’s Economy Contracts 7.8 Percent, Worst Decline on Record” by Ben Dooley:

In June, heartened by low virus numbers, the national government began a campaign to encourage domestic travel in hopes of reinvigorating local tourism and the moribund service economy.

But infections began to rise again in July, quickly outpacing the growth in the lead-up to the earlier national emergency and provoking widespread criticism of the government for easing its control measures too early.

Even as the case numbers have risen, Mr. Abe said in early August that the country’s economy could not afford a second national emergency and that he would do everything in his power to avoid one.

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