verb Etymology: Middle English perisshen, from Anglo-French periss-, stem of perir, from Latin perire, from per- detrimentally + ire to go — more at per-, issue Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. to become destroyed or ruined ; cease to exist <
recollection of a past already long since perished — Philip Sherrard
guard against your mistakes or your attempts (perish the thought) to cheat — C. B. Davis
2. chiefly British deteriorate, spoil transitive verb 1. chiefly British to cause to die ; destroy 2. weaken, benumb

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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