[mass noun] The state of being abnormally thin or weak:‘thin to the point of emaciation’
thinness, boniness, scrawniness, skinniness, scragginessstarvation, underfeeding, undernourishmentcadaverousness, gauntness, haggardness, attenuation, atrophyanorexiaphthisisView synonyms
- ‘As we sat at a Paris café table, the most striking passing figure was an old woman - thin to the point of emaciation.’
- ‘If you need to stave off emaciation without blowing your budget, this unprepossessing little bistro is surely in the city's top ten destinations.’
- ‘After many days of fasting, the hunger strikers present a progressively more serious deterioration, emaciation and profound dehydration.’
- ‘The images of emaciation portrayed in so many magazines by anorexic models and young stars make me so angry.’
- ‘He was convicted of four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to sheep and lambs by failing to treat or seek veterinary advice for emaciation and lameness on January 19 and 25, 2001.’
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