hunger strike

noun

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

Examples of hunger strike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My mom moved the lettuce around her plate, continuing her hunger strike. Kate Brody, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2024 Protesters have marched through the streets, staged a hunger strike, interrupted congressional hearings and been arrested on Capitol grounds. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Behrens provided histrionics, declaring a hunger strike and fainting in the courtroom. Jack Kresnak, Detroit Free Press, 21 Jan. 2024 The 2022 decision to close several of the district’s small community campuses, which the district said were suffering from low enrollment, sparked widespread backlash in the community and even hunger strikes from two Oakland educators. Shomik Mukherjee, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 Two other detainees reached by The Times said they were held in solitary confinement at facilities in Texas and Louisiana for several days while on a hunger strike. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 People staged a hunger strike, interrupted congressional hearings and have been arrested on Capitol grounds. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024 Undocumented students in the audience screamed through tears, some who had been on a hunger strike since Tuesday to pressure the UC to adopt the hiring measure. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 27 Jan. 2024 Some of them had been on a hunger strike since Tuesday to put pressure on the UC. Mathew Miranda, Sacramento Bee, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hunger strike was in 1889

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“Hunger strike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hunger%20strike. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

hunger strike

noun
: refusal (as by a prisoner) to eat enough to stay alive

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