hunger strike


Definition of hunger strike 

: refusal (as by a prisoner) to eat enough to sustain life

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Much of the concern focuses on Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker who opposed the Russia annexation of Crimea and who is currently on a hunger strike in a Russian prison. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "U.S. Urges Russia to Release More Than 150 Political and Religious Prisoners," 18 June 2018 In a bid to bring attention to their plight, Dhaffouli and fellow Sidi Bouzid residents decided to launch a hunger strike in the capital in February. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tunisia's democracy: Freedom is disappointingly messy, but there's hope," 17 Apr. 2018 During those years, many marchers brazenly flouted parade regulations by carrying signs supporting icons of the I.R.A. movement, including Bobby Sands, who died during a hunger strike in Northern Ireland in 1981. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "Post ‘Troubles,’ Anti-British Banner Still Flies in St. Patrick’s Parade," 16 Mar. 2018 People fought and died for equal rights and voting rights; suffragists endured hunger strikes and were beaten and jailed. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Midterm Elections Are Almost Here—What You Need to Know Now," 5 Nov. 2018 The Mundelein Munch is the spot to hit when hunger strikes. Annie Alleman,, "Mundelein Community Days focuses on family fun," 19 June 2018 Although Sentsov's health has suffered after four years in a harsh prison regime, the director is understood to have rigorously prepared himself to endure a long hunger strike that would coincide with the opening of the World Cup, June 14. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Support Growing for Jailed Ukrainian Director on Hunger Strike in Russia," 18 June 2018 The classic, hearty dim sum is best experienced in the wee hours of the morning—put it on the list for when jet-lag hunger strikes or after a night on the town. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Dim Sum Spots in Hong Kong," 5 Mar. 2018 Among those participating in the hunger strike: 10 members of Congress and one U.S. senator. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Activists, celebrities launch hunger strike to end Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of hunger strike

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hunger strike was in 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of hunger strike

: the act of refusing to eat as a way of showing that you strongly disagree with or disapprove of something

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