What does starvation mean?

Definitions for starvation
stɑrˈveɪ ʃənstar·va·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. starvation, famishment(noun)

    a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period

  2. starvation, starving(noun)

    the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine

    "the besiegers used starvation to induce surrender"; "they were charged with the starvation of children in their care"


  1. starvation(Noun)

    a condition of severe suffering due to a lack of nutrition.

  2. starvation(Adjective)

    likely to cause starving

  3. Origin: starve+-ation

Webster Dictionary

  1. Starvation(noun)

    the act of starving, or the state of being starved


  1. Starvation

    Starvation is a severe deficiency in caloric energy, nutrient, and vitamin intake. It is the most extreme form of malnutrition. In humans, prolonged starvation can cause permanent organ damage and eventually, death. The term inanition refers to the symptoms and effects of starvation. According to the World Health Organization, hunger is the single gravest threat to the world's public health. The WHO also states that malnutrition is by far the biggest contributor to child mortality, present in half of all cases. Undernutrition is a contributory factor in the death of 2.6 million children every year. Figures on actual starvation are difficult to come by, but according to the FAO, the less severe condition of undernourishment currently affects about 925 million people, or about 13.5% of the world population. The bloated stomach, as seen in the picture to the right, represents a form of malnutrition called kwashiorkor which is caused by insufficient protein despite a sufficient caloric intake. Children are more vulnerable to kwashiorkor whose advanced symptoms include weight loss and muscle wasting.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. starvation

    1. The originator of thought. 2. A way to salvation. 3. A physical eccentricity of the stomach. 4. A cure for indigestion. 5. A banting process invented by Lazarus.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Starvation

    Lengthy and continuous deprivation of food. (Stedman, 25th ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of starvation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of starvation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of starvation in a Sentence

  1. Yasir Arman:

    The regime has no solutions for the two areas except war and starvation.

  2. Cynthia Arnson:

    People who are starving do not mobilize in the streets, there is actually widespread starvation.

  3. Cherrie Moraga:

    When you are not physically starving, you have the luxury to realize psychic and emotional starvation.

  4. The ICRC:

    Urgent action needs to be taken to save hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan from starvation.

  5. Russell Geekie:

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

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