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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The government was the chief agency that offered work for the poor and saved them from starvation.’
    extreme hunger, lack of food, famine, want, undernourishment, malnourishment, fasting
    deprivation of food
    death from lack of food
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