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Definitions for perish
ˈpɛr ɪʃper·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff itverb

    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"


  1. perishverb

    To pass away; to come to naught; to waste away; to decay and disappear.

  2. perishverb

    To die; to cease to live.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PERISHverb

    To destroy; to decay. Not in use.

    The splitting rocks cow’r’d in the sinking sands,
    And would not dash me with their ragged sides;
    Because thy flinty heart, more hard than they,
    Might in thy palace perish Margaret. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Rise, prepar’d in black, to mourn thy perish’d lord. Dryden.

    He was so reserved, that he would impart his secrets to nobody; whereupon this closeness did a little perish his understandings. Jeremy Collier, on Friendship.

    Familiar now with grief your ears refrain,
    And in the publick woe forget your own,
    You weep not for a perish’d lord alone. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Perishverb

    Etymology: perir, Fr. perco, Lat.

    I burn, I pine, I perish,
    If I atchieve not this young modest girl. William Shakespeare.

    If I have seen any perish for want of cloathing, then let mine arm fall from my shoulder-blade. Job xxxi. 29.

    He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. Job xxxiii. 18.

    They perish quickly from off the good land. Deut. xi. 18.

    I perish with hunger. Luke xv. 17.

    The sick, when their case comes to be thought desperate, are carried out and laid on the earth to perish without assistance or pity. John Locke.

    Characters drawn on dust, that the first breath of wind effaces, are altogether as useful as the thoughts of a soul that perish in thinking. John Locke.

    Exposing their children, and leaving them in the fields to perish by want, has been the practice. John Locke.

    Still when the lust of tyrant pow’r succeeds,
    Some Athens perishes, or some Marcus Tullius Cicero bleeds. Alexander Pope.

    In the Iliad, the anger of Achilles had caused the death of so many Grecians; and in the Odyssey, the subjects perished through their own fault. Alexander Pope.

    Duration, and time which is a part of it, is the idea we have of perishing distance, of which no two parts exist together, but follow in succession; as expansion is the idea of lasting distance, all whose parts exist together. John Locke.

    These, as natural brute beasts made to be destroyed, speak evil of the things they understand not, and shall utterly perish. 2 Peter ii. 12.

    O suffer me not to perish in my sins, Lord carest thou not that I perish, who wilt that all should be saved, and that none should perish. Anne Mor(e)ton, Daily Exercise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perishverb

    to be destroyed; to pass away; to become nothing; to be lost; to die; hence, to wither; to waste away

  2. Perishverb

    to cause perish

  3. Etymology: [OE. perissen, perisshen, F. prir, p. pr. prissant, L. perire to go or run through, come to nothing, perish; per through + ire to go. Cf. Issue, and see -ish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perish

    per′ish, v.i. to pass away completely: to waste away: to decay: to lose life: to be destroyed: to be ruined or lost.—ns. Perishabil′ity, Per′ishableness, the quality of being liable to speedy decay or destruction.—adj. Per′ishable, that may perish: subject to speedy decay.—adv. Per′ishably.—v.i. Per′ishen (Spens.), to perish. [O. Fr. perir, pr.p. perissant—L. perīre, to perish—per, completely, īre, to go.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perish in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of perish in a Sentence

  1. Book of Proverbs:

    Where there is no vision, the people perish.

  2. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum:

    With each new day in Africa, a gazelle wakes up knowing he must outrun the fastest lion or perish. At the same time, a lion stirs and stretches, knowing he must outrun the fastest gazelle or starve. It is no different for the human race. Whether you consider yourself a gazelle or a lion, you simply have to run faster than others to survive.

  3. Scott Goodwin:

    I thought he was a hostile .?.?. to be honest, I was terrified, i’d probably perish or be sent to the hospital and be terribly hurt.

  4. Abraham Lincoln:

    Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

  5. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    The wise quickly dispense gossip, and the truth leads it to perish.

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