famine

[ fam-in ]SEE DEFINITION OF famine

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FAMINE

That morning a rumor had reached the village of a famine in the island of Crete.

That was in case of an enemy or a famine when the people might be tempted to eat it.

I could have pronounced him, alone, to be a young man aged by famine and sickness.

This is the usual result of feast after famine, and was to be expected.

This famine was not a long one, but it was severe while it lasted.

It was the time of the famine, and there was no meat for the dogs.

In the worst pinches of the famine he stole back to the fires of the gods.

There was no food, no venison, no fish, nothing to eat at all; there was a famine.

That day, however, was the last on which they suffered from famine.

When she nodded he said bitterly; "Famine conditions already?"

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French famine "hunger" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *famina, from Latin fames "hunger, starvation, famine," of unknown origin.

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