languish vs luxuriate : Common Errors in English

About languish vs luxuriate

To languish is to wilt, pine away, become feeble. It always indicates an undesirable state. If you’re looking for a nice long soak in the tub, what you want is not to languish in the bath but to luxuriate in it.The word “languid” (drooping, listless) often occurs in contexts that might lead people to think of relaxation. Even more confusing, the related word “languorous” does describe dreamy self-indulgent relaxation. No wonder people mistakenly think they want to “languish” in the bath.

languish Meaning(s)

  • (v) lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
  • (v) have a desire for something or someone who is not present
  • (v) become feeble

luxuriate Meaning(s)

  • (v) become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
  • (v) enjoy to excess
  • (v) thrive profusely or flourish extensively

languish in News

  1. Al Martinez... On Everything Else: Notes From the Living Dead

    I am asked occasionally how I’m doing now that my columns are no longer in the larger daily newspapers of L.A. but instead languish in small corners of town.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Topanga Messenger

  2. Lawsuits over government surveillance languish

    Lawsuits over government surveillance languish Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 11:15 am, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Before there was Edward Snowden and the leak of explosive documents showing widespread government surveillance, there was Mark Klein — a ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. Norah the jet bike: Horribly unsafe, terribly fun

    (Credit: Colin Furze) When he's not racing 125cc baby strollers , Colin Furze, a plumber by day and mad inventor by night, is likely to be doing something even more mad. Take, for instance, his most recent project : building what he calls a "big-a** pulse jet ." Of course, once you have a pulse jet, you can't just let it languish in a shed. Which is why Furze decided to rig it up to a woman's ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CNET

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