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living death

A life full of pain or suffering. It's a shame that some men treat marriage and family life like a living death. If I ever lost my independence due to injury or illness, it would be a living death. I don't like relying on other people.
See also: death, living

a living death

If someone's life is described as a living death, their quality of life is extremely poor. For nearly four years he has lain in a coma, trapped in what one doctor described as a `living death'. To be betrayed as you were betrayed is a living death.
See also: death, living
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The zombie entered US consciousness through the American occupation of Haiti, the site of an eighteenth-century rebellion of the enslaved that became a war for independence, thus making the figuration of living death inseparable from its resonances with both slavery and rebellion.
In the novel, Crusoe is afraid of dying a living death by being buried alive in an earthquake.
When the wild oats start to turn, and the dandelions and wild barley have woven their way through the oats, making an almost impenetrable wall of living death, you have to get out there and start hacking, cutting.
The financial peril that Huebner recognized has enjoyed little attention and publicity over the years, largely thanks to a lack of products designed to neutralize the living death hazard.
People who have a great holiday may start to remember why they're alive, only to be thrown back into the living death known as working life," clinical psychologist, Oliver James, said.
That's when they killed him, and the rest was a living death.
Centuries later, he learns that she has been reincarnated, and travels to Victorian London with the intent of seducing her into joining him in living death.
Centuries later, he learns she has been reincarnated, and travels to Victorian London with the intent of seducing her into joining him in living death.
The tragic irony is that, for many peasants, the transformation has yielded not financial empowerment, but rather a curse of living death.
Upon Disability DIABILITY--THE LIVING DEATH 254 demonstrates the need for proper planning before disability occurs.
But once the reality of being invisible and virtually alone sinks in, the Loblolly Boy begins to understand the living death that it really is--unless he can persuade another to Exchange with him.
A IT has been said one of the cruelest things about Alzheimer's, not just for the victims, but for their relatives and friends, is that it is a living death.
For him to effectively be given a sentence of living death must have been a total disaster for him.
For him to be given a sentence of effectively a living death must have been a total disaster.
The language is sharp and engaging, even lyrical at times, and her emergence from a kind of living death (she sleeps in a coffin-like cardboard box in a room without windows) into a life with direction and purpose, but not without tragedy and disappointment, is believable.