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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