hunger strike

noun

Definition of hunger strike

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Breanna Bertacchi began the hunger strike on Feb. 4 along with Stark and youth organizer Oscar Sanchez. Michael Hawthorne, chicagotribune.com, "Hunger strikers see glimmer of hope as Lightfoot asks EPA for advice about scrap shredder," 22 Feb. 2021 In a little-noted moment, Hillary Clinton, at the time the first lady, met with Sister Ortiz during her hunger strike. New York Times, "Dianna Ortiz, American Nun Tortured in Guatemala, Dies at 62," 20 Feb. 2021 Molly Wright will end her hunger strike Sunday, her 24th day of fasting to bring attention to San Antonio’s homeless problem. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: San Antonio hunger striker to end fast with strike on city manager," 13 Feb. 2021 Farmer leaders said the hunger strike was timed to coincide with the death anniversary of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, who was famed for his nonviolent resistance to colonial rule. Sheikh Saaliq, BostonGlobe.com, "Indian farmers begin hunger strike amid fury against Modi," 30 Jan. 2021 Each client participating in the hunger strike has also received a leaflet from MSOP describing the physical effects of going without nourishment. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, "Sex offenders at Moose Lake facility launch hunger strike," 26 Jan. 2021 Havana continues to arrest and detain dissidents and cracked down on a recent hunger strike by artists and other activists in the capital, evidence to many Republicans that its government does not deserve cordial relations from Washington. New York Times, "Pompeo Weighs Plan to Place Cuba on U.S. Terrorism Sponsor List," 29 Dec. 2020 Havana continues to arrest and detain dissidents and cracked down on a recent hunger strike by artists and other activists in the capital, evidence to many Republicans that its government does not deserve cordial relations from Washington. Michael Crowley, BostonGlobe.com, "Pompeo weighs plan to place Cuba on US terrorism sponsor list," 29 Dec. 2020 The protest, which started in Times Square, was done in solidarity with immigration detainees who are in the midst of a monthlong hunger strike at the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey, NBC New York reported. NBC News, "Driver arrested after plowing into New York City protesters, injuring 6," 12 Dec. 2020

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Hunger strike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hunger%20strike. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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hunger strike

noun

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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