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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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 And the offensive to capture Hodeida, which started in June, has endangered the main lifeline for imports to northern Yemen, displaced 570,000 people and edged many more closer to starvation. Declan Walsh, The Seattle Times, "The tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen," 26 Oct. 2018 For many, a government check to boost good times or to guard against starvation in bad ones seems like an obviously humane measure. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Who Really Stands to Win from Universal Basic Income?," 24 Mar. 2014 The resolution, which has already passed the Senate, would give Mr. Trump 30 days to end U.S. military aid for the war in Yemen, a yearslong conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and pushed millions to the brink of starvation. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "House Passes Resolution to End U.S. Role in War in Yemen," 4 Apr. 2019 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

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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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