famishment


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fam·ish

 (făm′ĭsh)
v. fam·ished, fam·ish·ing, fam·ish·es
v.tr.
1. To cause to endure severe hunger.
2. To cause to starve to death.
v.intr.
1. To endure severe deprivation, especially of food.
2. To undergo starvation and die.

[Middle English famishen, alteration of famen, from Old French afamer, from Vulgar Latin *affamāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin famēs, hunger.]

fam′ish·ment n.
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Noun1.famishment - a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period
hunger, hungriness - a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation
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