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  • n. Plural form of famine.


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  • Sometimes a coming famine was prophesied; at other times, the famines were the result of war and siege.

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  • The reason for this lack of prominence is simply that, except for localised problems such as famines or droughts or wars (which often coincide), the world has generally been able to feed itself.

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  • In ancient times simple people, bewildered by natural events such as famines, floods and other natural disasters created gods from those who gave them answers.

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  • The bureau emphasizes that its projections are merely scenarios which could be affected by unpredictable factors, such as famines, plagues and other natural disasters.

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  • Just as Ireland exported food to England during her most devastating "famines," so does India send food to the "Mother Country" in the discharge of governmental burdens, while her own people are starving by millions.

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  • _Mineog: _ In the years past there used always to be something happening such as famines, or the invention of printing.

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  • Afflictive occurrences, such as famines, pestilences, earthquakes, are signs of some hostile supernatural power, defense against which requires the avoidance of ordinary pursuits.

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  • That was before the Congo (3.9 million), Sudan (2 million), Rwanda (937,000) and recent "famines" in North Korea (2 million), all since 1990.

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  • Or of the forced "famines" that Stalin implemented when peasants didn't participate in the collectivist Marxist farms.

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  • The burgeoning population, with its attendant problems of ecological scarcities and excesses, such as famines and global warming, gives pause to many.

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