Definition of defunct in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈfʌŋ(k)t/


No longer existing or functioning: the now defunct Somerset & Dorset railway line
More example sentences
  • The following humorous extract, written by Leo, was in a story published in a long defunct magazine.
  • On Tuesday, I am going to Radio Rhema at the now defunct train station and am initiating the beginning of the end.
  • When I do it the first five or so results are always the same defunct personal websites for which I have long forgotten the passwords.
disused, no longer in use, unused, inoperative, non-functioning, unusable, obsolete;
no longer in existence, discontinued;
extinct, fossilized


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'deceased'): from Latin defunctus 'dead', past participle of defungi 'carry out, finish', from de- (expressing reversal) + fungi 'perform'.

  • ‘Deceased’ was the first recorded sense of this word which comes from Latin defunctus meaning ‘dead’. The meaning, ‘no longer in use or in fashion’, dates from the mid 18th century.

Words that rhyme with defunct

conjunct, disjunct, injunct

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Line breaks: de|funct

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