from The Century Dictionary.

  • Resembling death; apparently dead.
  • Deadly, as a venomous snake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Deathlike; resembling death.

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  • adjective Resembling death; deathlike


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From Ancient Greek θάνατος (thanatos, "death") + -oid.


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  • Electra threw up the sash, that the wintry air might revive him; and as the red glare of declining day streamed down from the sky-light upon the group, she looked from the easy-chair to the canvas, and mutely questioned: "Which is most thanatoid -- painter or painted?"

    Macaria; or, Altars of Sacrifice Augusta Jane 1864

  • Authorities in Binghamton, New York, insist a couple of hours was not too long to discover the thanatoid scene in the Immigrant Ed Building.

    The American Spectator 2009


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