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.

    Etymology: starve+-ation

  2. starvation(Adjective)

    likely to cause starving

    Etymology: 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. August Strindberg:

    Sorrow has the fortunate peculiarity that it preys upon itself. It dies of starvation. Since it is essentially an interruption of habits, it can be replaced by new habits. Constituting, as it does, a void, it is soon filled up by a real horror vacuum.

  2. Erik Pevernagie:

    To be rich or to be poor, that is the question." Hunger or homelessness can signify poverty and so can mental or emotional deficiency. Hunger or homelessness are lethal physical hazards, if they bear the taint of starvation or hypothermia. Mental or emotional deficiencies are inexorable perils, if they are stained by the black mark of depression or hopelessness. The magic antidote in any circumstances is seeing the bright side of things, possibly "with a little help". ( "Homeless down in the corner" )

  3. Yasir Arman:

    The government is not serious about the national dialogue and is just buying time for the re-election of a president who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, the regime has no solutions for the two areas except war and starvation.

  4. Jeff Labovitz:

    When you combine those emotions with the memories of the physical trauma being on a boat for several weeks or having been confined in brutal smugglers camps, then the trauma is compounded, in some cases the asylum seekers and migrants endured starvation, beatings, extortion, and rape.

  5. Kim Yong-hwa:

    I couldn't do anything for her, why did I bring her here from her farm ? Even in rural China, one doesn't die of starvation.

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