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starvation definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period [syn: starvation, famishment]
2: the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine; "the besiegers used starvation to induce surrender"; "they were charged with the starvation of children in their care" [syn: starvation, starving]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1778 1. the act or an instance of starving 2. the state of being starved

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Starvation Star*va"tion, n. The act of starving, or the state of being starved. Note: This word was first used, according to Horace Walpole, by Henry Dundas, the first Lord Melville, in a speech on American affairs in 1775, which obtained for him the nickname of Starvation Dundas. ``Starvation, we are also told, belongs to the class of 'vile compounds' from being a mongrel; as if English were not full of mongrels, and if it would not be in distressing straits without them.'' --Fitzed. Hall.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Starvation is extreme suffering or death, caused by lack of food. Over three hundred people have died of starvation since the beginning of the year. N-UNCOUNT: usu of/from N

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Famishment.

Moby Thesaurus

Lenten, Spartan, absence, abstemious, abstinence from food, ascetic, asphyxiation, austere, beggary, choke, choking, defectiveness, deficiency, deficit, deprivation, destitution, drought, drowning, dwarfed, dwarfish, exiguous, famine, fasting, frugal, imperfection, impoverished, impoverishment, incompleteness, jejune, killing, lack, lean, limited, liver death, meager, mean, megadeath, miserly, narrow, need, niggardly, omission, paltry, parsimonious, poor, punishment of Tantalus, puny, restriction of intake, scant, scanty, scrawny, scrimp, scrimpy, serum death, shortage, shortcoming, shortfall, skimp, skimpy, slender, slight, slim, small, smotheration, smothering, spare, sparing, stingy, stinted, straitened, strangling, strangulation, stunted, subsistence, suffocation, thin, unnourishing, unnutritious, violent death, want, wantage, watered, watery, watery grave

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