Definitions for famine
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dearth, famine, shortagenoun
an acute insufficiency
a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
extreme shortage of food in a region
a period of extreme shortage of food in a region
During times of famine
Etymology: From famine.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Scarcity of food; dearth; distress for want of victuals.
Etymology: famine, French; fames, Latin.
Our castle’s strength
Will laugh a siege to scorn: here let them lie,
’Till famine and the ague eat them up. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Famines have not been of late observed, partly because of the industry of mankind, partly by those supplies that come by sea to countries in want, but principally by the goodness of God. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.
This city never felt a siege before,
But from the lake receiv’d its daily store;
Which now shut up, and millions crowded here,
Famine will soon in multitudes appear. John Dryden, Indian Emp.
A famine is a widespread scarcity of food, caused by several factors including war, natural disasters, crop failure, population imbalance, widespread poverty, an economic catastrophe or government policies. This phenomenon is usually accompanied or followed by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality. Every inhabited continent in the world has experienced a period of famine throughout history. In the 19th and 20th century, generally characterized Southeast and South Asia, as well as Eastern and Central Europe, in terms of having suffered most number of deaths from famine. The numbers dying from famine began to fall sharply from the 2000s. Since 2010, Africa has been the most affected continent of famine in the world.
Famine is a severe and prolonged shortage of food in a particular region or country, typically resulting in widespread hunger, malnutrition, and death. It often occurs due to factors such as war, drought, economic collapse, or crop failure.
general scarcity of food; dearth; a want of provisions; destitution
Etymology: [F. famine, fr. L. fames hunger; cf. Gr. want, need, Skr. hni loss, lack, h to leave.]
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
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.]
The numerical value of famine in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of famine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine, shall fall by pestilence, so why bother shaving?
It's like a famine in Africa: people basically say, 'I don't like it, I wish somebody would do something about it, but I don't see what I can do and how it directly relates to my life,'.
The threat of famine is a very real threat and risks doubling the numbers of people in Yemen who are at risk of dying of hunger or famine. That's the urgent factor here.
I find women with well developed flesh very attractive. The scrawny little things doing commercials on my television set are slightly repulsive -- like famine victims.
Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine, shall fall by pestilence so why bother shaving?
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- مجاعة, مَجَاعَةArabic
- hladomor, hladCzech
- гладъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- Hungersnot, HungerGerman
- λιμός, πείναGreek
- hambruna, hambreSpanish
- قحطی, گرسنگیPersian
- hongersneed, breakrapteWestern Frisian
- gortScottish Gaelic
- аштық, ашаршылықKazakh
- 기아, 기근Korean
- alkis, badmetisLithuanian
- အငတ်ဘေး, ဒုဗ္ဘိက္ခန္တရကပ်Burmese
- hungersnaud, hungersnødNorwegian Nynorsk
- hodichin, dichinNavajo, Navaho
- glad, гладSerbo-Croatian
- hladomor, hladSlovak
- hungersnöd, svältSwedish
- kıtlık, açlıkTurkish
- го́лод, голодомо́рUkrainian
- nạn đóiVietnamese
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