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per·ish

 (pĕr′ĭsh)
v. per·ished, per·ish·ing, per·ish·es
v.intr.
1. To die or be destroyed, especially in a violent or untimely manner: "Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those who have no imagination?" (George Bernard Shaw).
2. To pass from existence; disappear gradually: "Man will go down into the pit, and all his thoughts will perish" (A.J. Balfour).
3. Chiefly British To spoil or deteriorate.
v.tr.
To bring to destruction; destroy: "Many foul blights / Perish'd his hard won gains" (Thomas Hood).
Idiom:
perish the thought
Used to express the wish that one not even think about something.

[Middle English perishen, from Old French perir, periss-, to perish, from Latin perīre : per-, per- + īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

perish

(ˈpɛrɪʃ)
vb (intr)
1. to be destroyed or die, esp in an untimely way
2. (tr sometimes followed by with or from) to cause to suffer: we were perished with cold.
3. to rot: leather perishes if exposed to bad weather.
4. perish the thought! may it never be or happen thus
n
do a perish informal Austral to die or come near to dying of thirst or starvation
[C13: from Old French périr, from Latin perīre to pass away entirely, from per- (away) + īre to go]

per•ish

(ˈpɛr ɪʃ)

v.i.
1. to die as a result of violence, privation, etc.
2. to pass away or disappear.
3. to suffer destruction or ruin.
Idioms:
perish the thought, may it never happen: used facetiously or as an afterthought of foreboding.
[1200–50; Middle English perissen < Old French periss-, long s. of perir < Latin perīre to perish, literally, go through, spend fully =per- per- + īre to go]
syn: See die1.

perish


Past participle: perished
Gerund: perishing

Imperative
perish
perish
Present
I perish
you perish
he/she/it perishes
we perish
you perish
they perish
Preterite
I perished
you perished
he/she/it perished
we perished
you perished
they perished
Present Continuous
I am perishing
you are perishing
he/she/it is perishing
we are perishing
you are perishing
they are perishing
Present Perfect
I have perished
you have perished
he/she/it has perished
we have perished
you have perished
they have perished
Past Continuous
I was perishing
you were perishing
he/she/it was perishing
we were perishing
you were perishing
they were perishing
Past Perfect
I had perished
you had perished
he/she/it had perished
we had perished
you had perished
they had perished
Future
I will perish
you will perish
he/she/it will perish
we will perish
you will perish
they will perish
Future Perfect
I will have perished
you will have perished
he/she/it will have perished
we will have perished
you will have perished
they will have perished
Future Continuous
I will be perishing
you will be perishing
he/she/it will be perishing
we will be perishing
you will be perishing
they will be perishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been perishing
you have been perishing
he/she/it has been perishing
we have been perishing
you have been perishing
they have been perishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been perishing
you will have been perishing
he/she/it will have been perishing
we will have been perishing
you will have been perishing
they will have been perishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been perishing
you had been perishing
he/she/it had been perishing
we had been perishing
you had been perishing
they had been perishing
Conditional
I would perish
you would perish
he/she/it would perish
we would perish
you would perish
they would perish
Past Conditional
I would have perished
you would have perished
he/she/it would have perished
we would have perished
you would have perished
they would have perished
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.perish - pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain lifeperish - pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
abort - cease development, die, and be aborted; "an aborting fetus"
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate - be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow"
buy it, pip out - be killed or die;
drown - die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating; "The child drowned in the lake"
predecease - die before; die earlier than; "She predeceased her husband"
conk out, go bad, break down, die, fail, give out, give way, break, go - stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
starve, famish - die of food deprivation; "The political prisoners starved to death"; "Many famished in the countryside during the drought"
die - suffer or face the pain of death; "Martyrs may die every day for their faith"
fall - die, as in battle or in a hunt; "Many soldiers fell at Verdun"; "Several deer have fallen to the same gun"; "The shooting victim fell dead"
succumb, yield - be fatally overwhelmed

perish

verb
1. die, be killed, be lost, expire, pass away, lose your life, decease, cark it (Austral. & N.Z. slang) the ferry disaster in which 193 passengers perished
2. be destroyed, fall, decline, collapse, disappear, vanish, go under Civilizations do eventually decline and perish.
3. rot, waste away, break down, decay, wither, disintegrate, decompose, moulder The rubber lining had perished.

perish

verb
To cease living:
Informal: pop off.
Idioms: bite the dust, breathe one's last, cash in, give up the ghost, go to one's grave, kick the bucket, meet one's end, pass on to the Great Beyond, turn up one's toes.
Translations
يَهْلَك، يَفْنى
zahynoutzaniknout
omkomme
menehtyä
elpusztul
farast, deyja
greitai gendantisžūti
iet bojā
zahynúť
umreti
can vermekölmek

perish

[ˈperɪʃ]
A. VI
1. [person] → perecer, fallecer
we shall do it or perish in the attemptlo conseguiremos o moriremos intentándolo
he perished at seamurió en el mar
perish the thought!¡Dios me libre!
2. [food, material] → deteriorarse, estropearse
B. VTdeteriorar, estropear
to be perished (with cold)estar helado

perish

[ˈpɛrɪʃ] vi
(= die) [person] → périr; [animal] → mourir
the ferry disaster in which 193 passengers perished → le naufrage du ferry dans lequel 193 passagers ont péri
Most of the butterflies perish in the first frosts of autumn → La plupart des papillons meurent lors des premières gelées d'automne.
[rubber, tyre] → se détériorer
perish the thought! (rejecting an idea)Dieu m'en préserve!

perish

vi
(liter) (= die)umkommen, sterben; (= be destroyed: cities, civilization) → untergehen; we shall do it or perish in the attemptwir werden es machen, koste es, was es wolle; he perished at seaer fand den Tod auf See; perish the thought! (inf)Gott behüte or bewahre!
(rubber, leather etc)verschleißen, brüchig werden; (food)verderben, schlecht werden
vt rubber, leatherzerstören, brüchig werden lassen

perish

[ˈpɛrɪʃ] vi (person) → perire, morire; (material) → deteriorarsi

perish

(ˈperiʃ) verb
to die, especially in war, accident etc. Many people perished in the earthquake.
ˈperishable adjective
(especially of food) likely to go bad quickly. Butter is perishable.
References in classic literature ?
Winters and summer, nights and days, have we roved the wilderness in company, eating of the same dish, one sleeping while the other watched; and afore it shall be said that Uncas was taken to the torment, and I at hand--There is but a single Ruler of us all, whatever may the color of the skin; and Him I call to witness, that before the Mohican boy shall perish for the want of a friend, good faith shall depart the 'arth, and 'killdeer' become as harmless as the tooting we'pon of the singer
It can merely be a suspended animation; for, were the power actually to perish, there would be little use of immortality.
It impressed me as if the ancient Surveyor, in his garb of a hundred years gone by, and wearing his immortal wig -- which was buried with him, but did not perish in the grave -- had bet me in the deserted chamber of the Custom-House.
But as in landlessness alone resides the highest truth, shoreless, indefinite as God --so, better is it to perish in that howling infinite, than be ingloriously dashed upon the lee, even if that were safety
The thought of this was like an icy hand at his heart; the thought that here, in this ghastly home of all horror, he and all those who were dear to him might lie and perish of starvation and cold, and there would be no ear to hear their cry, no hand to help them
Niepce, a Frenchman, discovered "actinism," that power in the sun's rays which produces a chemical effect; that granite rocks, and stone structures, and statues of metal "are all alike destructively acted upon during the hours of sunshine, and, but for provisions of Nature no less wonderful, would soon perish under the delicate touch of the most subtle of the agencies of the universe.
These piteous wrecks that are my comrades here say we have reached the bottom of the scale, the final humiliation; they say that when a horse is no longer worth the weeds and discarded rubbish they feed to him, they sell him to the bull-ring for a glass of brandy, to make sport for the people and perish for their pleasure.
So perish sailor and bark; And this, with her baleful singing, Is the Lorelei's gruesome work.
She saw her darling gradually cease from being her son, she saw THAT detail perish utterly; all that was left was master--master, pure and simple, and it was not a gentle mastership, either.
Before the long hour and a half of prayers and Bible-reading was over, I felt ready to perish with cold.
All the village," pursued the mender of roads, on tiptoe and in a low voice, "withdraws; all the village whispers by the fountain; all the village sleeps; all the village dreams of that unhappy one, within the locks and bars of the prison on the crag, and never to come out of it, except to perish.
But scorning rest, upon his reappearance, he instantly began again, though there were no dancers yet, as if the other fiddler had been carried home, exhausted, on a shutter, and he were a bran-new man resolved to beat him out of sight, or perish.