Perish
Perish Per"ish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Perished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Perishing}.] [OE. perissen, perisshen, F. p['e]rir, p. pr. p['e]rissant, L. perire to go or run through, come to nothing, perish; per through + ire to go. Cf. {Issue}, and see {-ish}.] To be destroyed; to pass away; to become nothing; to be lost; to die; hence, to wither; to waste away. [1913 Webster]

I perish with hunger! --Luke xv. 17. [1913 Webster]

Grow up and perish, as the summer fly. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The thoughts of a soul that perish in thinking. --Locke. [1913 Webster]


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  • perish — ► VERB 1) die. 2) suffer complete ruin or destruction. 3) rot or decay. 4) (be perished) Brit. be suffering from extreme cold. ● perish the thought Cf. ↑perish the thought …   English terms dictionary

  • perish — [per′ish] vi. [ME perischen < extended stem of OFr perir < L perire, to go through, perish < per , through (see PER1) + ire, to go: see YEAR] 1. to be destroyed, ruined, or wiped out 2. to die; esp., to die a violent or untimely death… …   English World dictionary

  • Perish — Per ish, v. t. To cause perish. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perish — mid 13c., from periss prp. stem of O.Fr. perir, from L. perire to be lost, perish, lit. to go through, from per through, completely, to destruction (see PER (Cf. per)) + ire to go (see ION (Cf. ion)). Perishables in refer …   Etymology dictionary

  • perish — I verb be annihilated, be destroyed, be eradicated, be extinguished, be null and void, be ruined, become extinct, cease, cease living, cease to be, cease to exist, cease to live, come to an end, come to naught, come to ruin, crumble, depart, die …   Law dictionary

  • perish — [v] die, decline, decay be destroyed, be killed, be lost, bite the dust*, break down, buy the farm*, cease, check out*, collapse, corrupt, croak, crumble, decease, decompose, demise, depart, disappear, disintegrate, end, expire, fall, give up the …   New thesaurus

  • perish — v. (formal) 1)(D; intr.) to perish by (to perish by the sword) 2) (D; intr.) to perish from, of (to perish from disease) * * * [ perɪʃ] of (to perish from disease) (D; intr.) to perish from (formal) (D; intr.) to perish by (to perish by the… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • perish — /ˈpɛrɪʃ / (say perish) verb (i) 1. to suffer death, or lose life, through violence, privation, etc.: to perish in battle. 2. to pass away; decay and disappear. 3. to rot: rubber perishes. 4. to suffer destruction: whole cities perish in an… …   Australian English dictionary

  • perish — [[t]pe̱rɪʃ[/t]] perishes, perishing, perished 1) VERB If people or animals perish, they die as a result of very harsh conditions or as the result of an accident. [WRITTEN] Most of the butterflies perish in the first frosts of autumn. ...the ferry …   English dictionary

  • perish — perishless, adj. perishment, n. /per ish/, v.i. 1. to die or be destroyed through violence, privation, etc.: to perish in an earthquake. 2. to pass away or disappear: an age of elegance that has forever perished. 3. to suffer destruction or ruin …   Universalium

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