Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Starvation; the fact or process of being famished.
  • n. Famine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State of being famished.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The pain of extreme hunger or thirst; extremity from want of food.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period

Etymologies

From famish +‎ -ment. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • During the short passage to the coach house I had been trying to consider my course: but my state of famishment and the agitation into which I had been thrown had bereft me of all power of consecutive thought; so that when the gentleman called upon me, in no gentle tones, to give an account of myself, I stood like a stock fish before him.

    Humphrey Bold A Story of the Times of Benbow

  • The marriage of Eliza La Heu and John Mayrant was of a different quality; no paper pronounced it "up to date," or bestowed any other adjectival comments upon it; for, being solemnized in Kings Port, where such purely personal happenings are still held (by the St. Michael family, at any rate) to be no business of any one's save those immediately concerned, the event escaped the famishment of publicity.

    Lady Baltimore

  • And she must love so, else she would die of famishment.

    The Indian Lily and Other Stories

  • We've got a fair chance o 'goin' un'er yet, eyther from thirst or the famishment o 'empty stomaks.

    The Lone Ranche

  • Is Gastronomi, a system to measure the famishment of the driver to avoid the dangers of driving hunger that unbelievable?

    Jalopnik

  • Louisiana, the slaves are in a condition of _almost utter famishment, _ during a great portion of the year. "

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • On many plantations, and particularly in Louisiana, the slaves are in a condition of _almost utter famishment_ during a great portion of the year. "

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • On many plantations, and particularly in Louisiana, the slaves are in a condition of almost utter famishment, during a great portion of the year. "

    American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses

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