Definition of starvation in English:



mass noun
  • Suffering or death caused by lack of food.

    ‘thousands died of starvation’
    • ‘Dundee specialised in garrotting and Aberdeen used starvation - it was cheaper.’
    • ‘The government was the chief agency that offered work for the poor and saved them from starvation.’
    • ‘Their remaining options were sleeping on the streets, prostitution, crime and starvation.’
    • ‘We are pretty sure that hundreds of thousands of people died of starvation during those years.’
    • ‘Most of them died of starvation, disease or brutality at the hands of the prison authorities.’
    extreme hunger, lack of food, famine, want, undernourishment, malnourishment, fasting
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