(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. moribund, terminal (see death).
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Losing life]
Syn. expiring, sinking, moribund, on one's deathbed, passing away, going, perishing, failing, fading, near death, at death's door, in extremis (Latin), terminal, withering away, paying the debt of nature, not long for this world, fated, done for*, booked*, giving up the ghost*, cashing in*, on one's last legs*, with one foot in the grave; see also sick .
Ant. immortal*, living, reviving.
2. [Becoming worse or less]
Syn. declining, sinking, receding, decreasing, disappearing, diminishing, dwindling, dissolving, disintegrating, vanishing, failing, fading, ebbing, decaying, smoldering, recessive, overripe, decadent, pass?, doomed, neglected, superannuated, done for*, fizzling out*, in its death throes.
Ant. growing*, eternal, enduring.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. expiring perishing, fading, declining, *going downhill, *circling the drain, *at death's door, moribund, doomed, slipping away, not long for this world, *one foot in the grave. ''The last gasp.''—Bible. ''A great leap in the dark.''—Thomas Hobbes. ''That dreadful season.''—Joseph Addison. ''A natural appointment from which there is no hope of escape.''—Jonathan Miller.
2. disappearing passing, declining, becoming extinct, receding, going out.
ANT.: 2. thriving, flourishing, rejuvenating

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