Definition of inanition
: the quality or state of being empty:a : the exhausted condition that results from lack of food and waterb : the absence or loss of social, moral, or intellectual vitality or vigor
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America, which is entertaining itself to inanition, has never experienced a scarcity of entertainment.
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Inanition describes a state of suffering from either a literal emptiness (of sustenance) or a metaphorical emptiness (of interest or energy). So it will probably come as no surprise to you to learn that the word ultimately derives from the same idea in Latin. "Inanition," which first appeared in Middle English in the 14th century as "in-anisioun," can be traced back to the Latin verb inanire, meaning "to make empty," which in turn comes from "inanis" (meaning "empty" or "inane"). Incidentally, the English word inane was adopted in the mid-17th century directly from "inanis."
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Medical Definition of inanition
: the exhausted condition that results from lack of food and water
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