starvation
noun Date: 1778 1. the act or an instance of starving 2. the state of being starved

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  • Starvation — Star*va tion (st[aum]r*v[=a] sh[u^]n), n. The act of starving, or the state of being starved. [1913 Webster] Note: This word was first used, according to Horace Walpole, by Henry Dundas, the first Lord Melville, in a speech on American affairs in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • starvation — [stär vā′shən] n. 1. the act of starving 2. the state of being starved adj. likely to cause starving [a starvation diet] …   English World dictionary

  • Starvation — (engl., spr. Starwehsch n), das Nothleiden, Hungerleiden, Entkräftung durch Hunger, Hungerkrankheit, Hungertod …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • starvation — index poverty, privation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Starvation — This article is about extreme malnutrition. For other uses, see Starvation (disambiguation). Starvation Classification and external resources A girl during the Nigerian Biafran war of the late 1960s, shown suffering the effects of severe hunger… …   Wikipedia

  • starvation — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ prolonged, slow ▪ mass, widespread ▪ oxygen ▪ The pilot had lost consciousness because of oxygen starvation …   Collocations dictionary

  • starvation — starv|a|tion [sta:ˈveıʃən US sta:r ] n 1.) [U] suffering or death caused by lack of food →↑hunger ▪ people dying of starvation 2.) starvation diet informal when you eat very little food, especially to become thinner 3.) starvation wages extremely …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • starvation — noun 1 (U) suffering or death caused by lack of food: people dying of starvation in the famine 2 starvation diet informal very little food 3 starvation wages extremely low wages …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • starvation — UK [stɑː(r)ˈveɪʃ(ə)n] / US [stɑrˈveɪʃ(ə)n] noun [uncountable] Word forms starvation : singular starvation plural starvations a situation in which a person or animal suffers or dies because they do not have enough to eat Millions are threatened by …   English dictionary

  • starvation — [[t]stɑː(r)ve͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N UNCOUNT: usu of/from N Starvation is extreme suffering or death, caused by lack of food. Over three hundred people have died of starvation since the beginning of the year …   English dictionary

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