starvation

noun
star·va·tion | \stär-ˈvā-shən \

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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Survivors arrived at the camps with a host of overlapping health issues— tuberculosis, starvation, infectious skin conditions — that were exacerbated by deficient care, said Jael Geis of the Jewish Museum in Berlin at the conference. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Furthermore, the deaths did not always occur in the way that was expected – in which zooxanthellae abandon the corals and don't return fast enough, leading to starvation. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Global warming has changed the Great Barrier Reef ‘forever,’ scientists say," 19 Apr. 2018 That wasn’t a problem until the rot disease Phytophthora infestans showed up in the 1840s, destroying entire harvests and leading to massive starvation. Kevin Begos, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape," 6 June 2018 Decades ago, it was thought that global population trends would lead to mass starvation. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "When a healthy environment is good business," 4 June 2018 But instead of providing nourishment, the debris can puncture the lining of the stomach, leading to starvation and death. David Doubilet, National Geographic, "How a Seal Pup Died With a Plastic Wrapper in Its Stomach," 31 May 2018 The book sketched out possible scenarios of the hell Mr. Ehrlich believed imminent: hundreds of millions dying from starvation, England disappearing by the year 2000, India doomed, the average American’s lifespan falling to 42 by 1980, and so on. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Population Bomb Was a Dud," 30 Apr. 2018 Amnesty International, a human-rights group, says many women and girls have been raped in the camps and that hundreds if not thousands of people confined in them have died of starvation or a lack of medical care. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 Anorexia patients die not just of complications from starvation but from a high rate of suicide. Kelyn Soong, chicagotribune.com, "Runners spread awarness about eating disorders in their sport," 7 June 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of starvation 

1 : the act or an instance of starving

2 : the state of being starved

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