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.
Recent Examples on the Web Now, biologists are braced for the next wave of deaths from starvation; first the herbivores, left without vegetation, and then the carnivores, left without the herbivores. Scott Reinhard, New York Times, "The World’s Largest Tropical Wetland Has Become an Inferno," 13 Oct. 2020 The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger in regions facing conflict and hardship and at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has driven millions more people to the brink of starvation. Dalatou Mamane, Anchorage Daily News, "World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize as pandemic drives millions to brink of starvation," 9 Oct. 2020 The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger in regions facing conflict and hardship at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has driven millions more people to the brink of starvation. Dalatou Mamane, The Salt Lake Tribune, "World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize as hunger surges. LDS Church gave U.N. agency $2M.," 9 Oct. 2020 The ancient dramas of starvation and riches were to be taken off the boards. John Dos Passos, National Review, "Reminiscences of a Middle-Class Radical," 28 Sep. 2020 Millions were sent to ghettos, labor camps and concentration camps and killed in mass shootings, gas chambers and from starvation. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Half of millennials, Gen Z can't name a single concentration camp as Holocaust knowledge wanes in younger Americans, survey finds," 16 Sep. 2020 What Minnesotans see much less often, if at all, are kwashiorkor (protein malnutrition), starvation and irreversible brain stunting caused by insufficient nutrients during critical brain development. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Climate change, diversity training, COVID-19," 14 Sep. 2020 By that point, many had succumbed to exhaustion, dehydration, starvation and even shark attacks. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "See 12 Stunning Portraits of World War II Veterans," 31 Aug. 2020 If they are not managed, then a lot will die from starvation or disease. Michael Hollan, Fox News, "Hunter responds to negative comments she receives on social media: 'You are in no position to judge me'," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of starvation

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of starvation was in 1762

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24 Oct 2020

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“Starvation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/starvation. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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starvation

noun
How to pronounce starvation (audio)

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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