What does famine mean?

Definitions for famine
ˈfæm ɪnfamine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dearth, famine, shortage(noun)

    an acute insufficiency

  2. famine(noun)

    a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death


  1. famine(Noun)

    extreme shortage of food in a region

  2. famine(Noun)

    a period of extreme shortage of food in a region

  3. famine(Noun)

    During times of famine

  4. Origin: From famine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Famine(noun)

    general scarcity of food; dearth; a want of provisions; destitution

  2. Origin: [F. famine, fr. L. fames hunger; cf. Gr. want, need, Skr. hni loss, lack, h to leave.]


  1. Famine

    A famine is a widespread scarcity of food, caused by several factors including crop failure, population unbalance, or government policies. This phenomenon is usually accompanied or followed by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality. Nearly every continent in the world has experienced a period of famine throughout history. Some countries, particularly in sub-Sahara Africa, continue to have extreme cases of famine. The famine relief model increasingly used by aid groups calls for giving cash or cash vouchers to the hungry to pay local farmers instead of buying food from donor countries, as is often required by law, as it wastes money on transport costs, but more importantly, it perpetuates the cycle of dependency on foreign imports rather than helping to create real local stability through agricultural abundance. Emergency measures in relieving famine include providing high calorie ready-to-use therapeutic food, through fortified sachets of peanut-based paste such as Plumpy'nut that are given primarily to children. Long-term measures include investment in modern agriculture techniques, such as fertilizers and irrigation, which largely eradicated hunger in the developed world. World Bank strictures restrict government subsidies for farmers, and increasing use of fertilizers is opposed by some environmental groups because of its unintended consequences: adverse effects on water supplies and habitat.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Famine

    fam′in, n. general scarcity of food: extreme scarcity of anything, as in 'famine prices,' &c.: hunger: starvation. [Fr., through an unrecorded Low L. famina, from L. fames, hunger.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of famine in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of famine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of famine in a Sentence

  1. Woody Allen, Without Feathers:

    Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine, shall fall by pestilence so why bother shaving?

  2. Woody Allen, "Without Feathers":

    Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine, shall fall by pestilence, so why bother shaving?

  3. Abderrahmane Sissako:

    I'm here because I'm African ... Africa needs to be more considered because Africa is not only war or famine.

  4. Russell Geekie:

    During a famine, death does not necessarily come from starvation, but often from disease as weakened people succumb.

  5. Douglas William Jerrold:

    He is one of those wise philanthropists who, in a time of famine, would vote for nothing, but a supply of toothpicks.

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