Definition of famine
- The famine affected most of the country.
- Transportation problems resulted in a coal famine.
The famine affected half the continent.
millions killed by war, drought, and famine
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
crunch, dearth, deficiency, deficit, drought (also drouth), failure, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency, lack, paucity, pinch, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want;
: a situation in which many people do not have enough food to eat
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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