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ˈfæm ɪnfamine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dearth, famine, shortagenoun

    an acute insufficiency

  2. faminenoun

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


  1. faminenoun

    extreme shortage of food in a region

    Etymology: From famine.

  2. faminenoun

    a period of extreme shortage of food in a region

    Etymology: From famine.

  3. faminenoun

    During times of famine

    Etymology: From famine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Faminenoun

    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.]


  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. Deng Xiaoping:

    The experiences I had with( Communist Party leader Mao Zedong) were the great famine and the The Cultural Revolution, and none of my family's life had improved. Deng Xiaoping in 1978 released the potential of individuals.

  2. Abderrahmane Sissako:

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

  3. Franz Rauchenstein:

    I wouldn't talk about famine for the time-being, that is not yet the case. But we could well go into a situation where the situation becomes more dire especially in the next three to four months.

  4. Boko Haram:

    To many people around the world, their image of Ethiopia remains stuck in the past -- remembering drought and famine, but in the past 15 years, Ethiopia has lifted millions of people out of poverty.

  5. Martin Griffiths:

    We fear that there will be inevitably a chilling effect on my efforts to bring the parties together, the decision will contribute to the prospect of famine in Yemen and should be revoked based on humanitarian grounds at the earliest opportunity.

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    relating to or concerned with a city or densely populated area
    • A. urban
    • B. greedy
    • C. occasional
    • D. suspicious

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