starvation

noun
star·​va·​tion | \ stär-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce starvation (audio) \

Definition of starvation

1 : the act or an instance of starving
2 : the state of being starved

Examples of starvation in a Sentence

The famine brought mass starvation. Millions of people face starvation every day.

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In 2013, 61,000 (61,000!) reindeer died of starvation in Russia due to excess ice. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The Arctic has lost 2.6 million reindeer over the past 20 years," 11 Dec. 2018 Children are dying of starvation in Yemen as part of a war that our country is helping to fund via Saudi Arabia (the same country that killed and dismembered journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi). Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "An Over-The-Top, Über-Luxurious Gift Guide? Not This Year, Thanks," 3 Dec. 2018 Tens of thousands have died in the nearly five-year conflict, around two and a half million have fled to neighboring countries, and millions more have been left fending off starvation in South Sudan’s devastated economy. Nick Cumming-bruce, New York Times, "South Sudan Forces Killed and Raped Hundreds in Brutal Campaign, U.N. Says," 10 July 2018 Millions died from exposure, disease and starvation in these camps. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "A Stalin-era Gulag survivor never saw her husband again. USA TODAY found him.," 14 June 2018 Stanford professor Paul Elrich’s dire predictions of worldwide mass starvation in his 1968 book, The Population Bomb, were averted by advances that increased agricultural yields worldwide. Adam Mcgibbon, The New Republic, "There Is No Quick Fix for Climate Change," 11 June 2018 The conflict has left an estimated 10,000 civilians dead, 75% of the population in need of aid, and 8 million on the brink of starvation as cholera ravages Yemen's cities. Nicole Gaouette And Richard Roth, CNN, "Lawmakers push to curtail US backing for Saudi campaign in Yemen," 17 Apr. 2018 The ash blocked out the sun, ushering forth frigid temperatures that blighted crops, resulting in starvation. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Identify 536 A.D. as The Absolute Worst Year Ever," 20 Nov. 2018 Half of the remaining population of roughly 12 million is near starvation, according to U.N. agencies. Sam Mednick, The Seattle Times, "South Sudan claims civil war is over, but skepticism abounds," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of starvation

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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starvation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of starvation

: suffering or death caused by having nothing to eat or not enough to eat : the condition of someone who is starving

starvation

noun
star·​va·​tion | \ stär-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce starvation (audio) \

Kids Definition of starvation

: suffering or death caused by lack of food : the condition of being starved

starvation

noun
star·​va·​tion | \ stär-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce starvation (audio) \

Medical Definition of starvation

1 : the act or an instance of starving
2 : the state of being starved

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