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No, Plautus did not allow his public to languish for want of noise.

He regards them as vermin to be left to languish and die of their festering wounds.

Supposing a frog were to come along and languish for my kind of legs.

They are brought from Shanghai, and, as a rule, they languish and die in a few months.

It will languish and perish in the dry sunlight of open discussion.

I languish for the reply which is to make or mar me for ever.

When taken to warm climates, they languish, and soon die of disease of the liver.

But we cannot allow beauty to languish for need of mountain air.

No, no; I will never allow you to languish in prison in such a way.

Forrest might love and languish all he liked, if it was fun for Flo.

WORD ORIGIN

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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