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Abnormally thin or weak, especially because of illness or a lack of food:‘she was so emaciated she could hardly stand’
thin, skeletal, bony, wasted, thin as a rakescrawny, skinny, scraggy, skin and bones, raw-boned, angular, stick-like, size-zerostarved, underfed, undernourished, underweight, half-starvedcadaverous, shrivelled, shrunken, witheredgaunt, haggard, drawn, pinched, wizened, attenuated, atrophiedanorexic, looking like a bag of bonesphthisicalView synonyms
- ‘In emaciated animals, serous atrophy occurs at these depot sites and in the bone marrow cavity.’
- ‘The man was dying, emaciated and had a high fever when the first injection of their scant supply of penicillin was given.’
- ‘He told his driver to stop outside a broken-down shack, where an emaciated woman and two young men sat on a porch surrounded by household debris.’
- ‘Some cattle became horrifically emaciated or developed raw wounds.’
- ‘But this time it was a little girl - a painfully thin little girl with huge, staring eyes and emaciated limbs and body.’
- ‘Her cheeks sunk deep inside, and she appeared thin and emaciated.’
- ‘My father was quite a skinny, emaciated man, my brother a build a stark halfway between my father and I.’
- ‘The animals were starving, emaciated, had worms and lice and two were in such a bad state they were days from death.’
- ‘Months later their drawn faces and emaciated bodies bear testimony to the ravages of heroin addiction.’
- ‘In The Machinist he is as emaciated as a hunger striker.’
- ‘He looked emaciated, eating only an apple and a latte each day to survive.’
- ‘But social workers who examined the woman said that although weak and emaciated, she showed no signs of mental illness.’
- ‘A young boy without a shirt, showing his emaciated body, propels himself across the compartment floor.’
- ‘From her wasted and emaciated appearance, we may fairly infer, she also fell a martyr to this destructive and poisonous liquid.’
- ‘Susie, as she has been named, was found in an emaciated state in a garden in Turton Road, Tottington, next to the Pets in Need animal shelter.’
- ‘The millionaire bookie gladly agreed to take the neglected animal into his private sanctuary after it was found emaciated and abandoned.’
- ‘This makes her a far healthier role model than the emaciated models currently making their bony way down the world's catwalks.’
- ‘I keep picturing their skinny, emaciated frames - did I guess they were addicts?’
- ‘Looking at his weight to see if he's malnourished or emaciated in any way.’
- ‘He narrowly escaped execution during the Second World War and had not run in six years when he headed off to Boston, an emaciated stick of a man.’
Early 17th century: from Latin emaciat- made thin, from the verb emaciare, from e- (variant of ex-, expressing a change of state) + macies leanness.
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