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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Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism Berlin, Germany Thousands of gay men were imprisoned in concentration camps in Nazi Germany, where many died of disease, starvation, torture, and targeted killings. Ivan Quintanilla, National Geographic, "These monuments honor LGBTQ history around the world," 22 June 2019 Something similar is occurring in Yemen, where up to 10 million people face starvation, despite millions trying to move to safer, once fertile areas. Farhana Yamin, Time, "This Is the Only Way to Tackle the Climate Emergency," 14 June 2019 Karrenberg recounted the starvation, the scarce opportunity to bathe and how grateful his unit felt when a local farmer threw them raw potatoes during the harvest. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "On 75th anniversary of D-Day, Colchester paratrooper recounts jumping into Normandy and capture by the Germans," 6 June 2019 Thousands of prisoners died from starvation, disease, and dangerous working conditions. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 About how my political interest in rejecting straightforward starvation ultimately led me to an equally pernicious habit: conjuring self-confidence in public, while playing mean tricks on my body behind closed doors. Charlotte Lieberman, Marie Claire, "My Eating Disorder Made Me Feel Like a Feminist Fraud," 28 Feb. 2018 Tens of thousands of Somali refugees relocated to the U.S.—some 25,000 in the Minneapolis area—to escape the starvation, famine and civil war that turned Somalia into a lawless, failed state in the early 1990s. Gary Palmer, WSJ, "The Jew Who Died for Ilhan Omar," 18 Mar. 2019 Witnessing, experiencing, surviving starvation, beatings, hangings, rape. Nina Maclaughlin, BostonGlobe.com, "A monument to hope by a man who never lost it," 8 May 2018 Right now, in Yemen, a famine has left 14 million people extremely close to starvation. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Why it’s so hard to get people to care about mass suffering," 27 Nov. 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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