American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A drastic, wide-reaching food shortage.
- n. A drastic shortage; a dearth.
- n. Severe hunger; starvation.
- n. Archaic Extreme appetite.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Scarcity or destitution of food; a general want of provision or supply; extreme dearth, threatening or resulting in starvation: often used by extension with reference to the want or scarcity of material things other than food, and, figuratively, of immaterial things.
- n. Synonyms Dearth, etc. See scarcity.
- n. uncountable extreme shortage of food in a region
- n. countable a period of extreme shortage of food in a region
- n. During times of famine
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. General scarcity of food; dearth; a want of provisions; destitution.
- n. an acute insufficiency
- n. a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
- From French famine. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from faim, hunger, from Latin famēs. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We have seen the effects of cotton famine, and I am sure matters would have come to a sad pass if we were to witness a _convict famine_, and to be compelled to open our workhouse gates to the starving families of our convict guardians.”
“On the occasion of a severe famine in Burgundy, she collected a band of her mendicant friends in a stable, and burned them all, saying that '_par pitié elle hauoit faict cela, considerant les peines que ces pauvres debuoient endurer en temps de si grande et tant estrange famine_.”
“The emotive power of the word famine has been overused often, to try to develop a funding source for a problem that usually truly needed assistance, but was not really about famine," says Gary Eilerts, program manager at the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Famine Early Warning System Network, or FEWS NET, which is funded by USAID.”
“As the numbers come out, the word famine really starts to move people and it starts to peak the interest of the international community and the average citizen in a way that a humanitarian crisis unfortunately does not always get people active and engaged," she said.”
“When referee Alan Snoddy blew the final whistle at 4. 57pm that April day nine years ago suddenly the sun burst through, the title famine at last had ended.”
“Eizzy notes that the famine is the worst in the north and east, while those in the west are relatively safe from hunger.”
“A partial dislocation of one side of the spine would produce a twist which would throw one muscle on to another and another, straining ligaments, producing conjestion and inflammation, or some irritation that would lead to a suspension of the fluids necessary to the harmonious vitality of the foot, which is the great and only cause by which the suffering is produced in a foreign land, which we call a famine in the foot.”
“The United Nations is careful about using the word famine, and in the past 20 years, only a few humanitarian emergencies have qualified, including in Sudan in 1998, Ethiopia in 2001 and Niger in 2005.”
“Aid agencies use the word "famine" with extreme caution, relying on a UN definition based on acute malnutrition among children under five reaching more than 30 per cent, and deaths from hunger reaching two people per 10,000.”
“The word "famine" is a trigger for international assistance.”
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