One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Exhaustion caused by lack of nourishment.
extreme tiredness, overtiredness, fatigue, weariness, lack of energy, enervation, debilitation, debility, faintness, prostration, enfeeblement, lassitudeView synonyms
- ‘Despite surgical resection and chemotherapy, the patient's condition deteriorated during the next month and he died of inanition and cardiac failure.’
- ‘Asthma, cancer, wasting, hemorrhage, inanition, and death have been linked to mold exposure since ancient times.’
- 1.1 Lack of mental or spiritual vigor and enthusiasm.‘she was thinking that old age bred inanition’
- ‘For the young lovers, Pelléas and Mélisande, the only ‘happiness’ is acquiescence in their destiny - what happens to them; and acquiescence becomes identified with inanition.’
- ‘Third terms slide towards inanition, or degrade into corruption and chaos.’
- ‘Even without, or before, revolution or foreign invasion, states can decline of their own inanition.’
- ‘I would not accept a proposition that even if a Plaintiff's case has collapsed of its inanition or for some reason or other, judgment should nevertheless be given to him on the ground that a defence set up by the opponent has also collapsed.’
- ‘At the office, he has perfected the art of doing nothing - and he has become such a virtuoso that his colleagues recognize in his inanition the sign of a truly great worker.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin inanitio(n-), from Latin inanire ‘make empty’, from inanis ‘empty, vain’.
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