a living death

a living death

a life that is so full of suffering that it would be better to be dead She can't walk, she can't feed herself and she can scarcely speak. It's a living death. For me, marriage to someone like that would be a living death.
See also: death, living
References in classic literature ?
Or, had he found that he had been too late, and thus gone back to a living death upon a dead world?