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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The war there is considered the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis of recent years, displacing millions of people and leaving millions more at risk of starvation. BostonGlobe.com, "Saudi Arabia said Monday that Iranian weapons had been used in the aerial strikes over the weekend that interrupted much of the kingdom’s oil production. It also said the attacks had not been launched from Yemen, home of the Houthi rebel faction that has claimed responsibility.," 17 Sep. 2019 The war there is considered the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis of recent years, displacing millions of people and leaving millions more at risk of starvation. BostonGlobe.com, "Saudi Arabia said Monday that Iranian weapons had been used in the aerial strikes over the weekend that interrupted much of the kingdom’s oil production. It also said the attacks had not been launched from Yemen, home of the Houthi rebel faction that has claimed responsibility.," 17 Sep. 2019 The war there is considered the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis of recent years, displacing millions of people and leaving millions more at risk of starvation. New York Times, "Trump Says Iran Appears Responsible for Saudi Attack but That He Wants to Avoid War," 14 Sep. 2019 Seabird die-offs have been known to occur in Alaska, but large numbers of different varieties of seabirds have been found every year since 2015, with starvation blamed. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Fifth straight year of bird die-off in Alaska waters linked to starvation," 10 Sep. 2019 In South Korea, she and her 6-year-old son, Dong-jin, were found dead in July in a low-income Seoul apartment, possibly of starvation. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Trump, the Taliban and the Camp David gambit," 9 Sep. 2019 But, if starvation plays a role, the outcome is different. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Starving predators survive together, but maybe only in math-land," 27 July 2019 The first episode of the series explores Jamestown, explaining how British colonists’ pursuit of a new world devolved into starvation and war. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "Obsessed with utopias? Read the books that inspired ‘Nice Try!’," 18 July 2019 The rapid deterioration of the situation jeopardizes distribution of humanitarian aid in Yemen, where more than three-quarters of the population rely on aid to survive and 10 million are on the brink of starvation. Tim Lister, CNN, "Yemen fighting brings Saudi-led coalition to brink of collapse," 31 Aug. 2019

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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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