What does starvation mean?

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stɑrˈveɪ ʃənstar·va·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. starvation, famishmentnoun

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

  2. starvation, starvingnoun

    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. starvationnoun

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

    Etymology: starve+-ation

  2. starvationadjective

    likely to cause starving

    Etymology: starve+-ation

Webster Dictionary

  1. Starvationnoun

    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. Marion Smith:

    This is a huge irony, north Korea is a giant prison where mass starvation is happening. It is an insane regime where there is no respect for human rights, and it is patently absurd that they would take this opportunity to criticize the U.S.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    When Donald Trump , wow gets $ 800 million in tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury condominiums, that's socialism for the rich, we have to subsidize Walmart's workers on Medicaid and food stamps because the wealthiest family in America pays starvation wages. That's socialism for the rich. I believe in democratic socialism for working people. Not billionaires. Health care for all. Educational opportunity for all.

  3. 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.

  4. Benjamin Silberstein:

    Of course it's at least partially about the sanctions, just look at the way the letter is worded. They want to make it sound like sanctions equals starvation so the U.S. should really be benevolent and give them up.

  5. H.W. Mann:

    The process has already started. Science is proving more and more each day what some spiritual teachers have been teaching for thousands of years. People are starting to wake up in larger numbers. As people awaken they will influence others. With each awakening the cosmic mind gets a little brighter. As we evolve so will the cosmic forces of creation. The human race and planet earth will heal. Poverty, starvation, and war, will someday be a thing of the past. We create our own reality. We collectively create a much larger reality. The next step in mankind’s evolution will be spiritual.

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    repetition of the ends of two or more successive sentences, verses, etc.
    • A. slur
    • B. epiphora
    • C. arbalist
    • D. exponent

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