To perish is to suffer death, ruin or destruction.(verb)
When a person is murdered, this is an example of a situation in which the person is said to perish.
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Origin: ME perischen < extended stem of OFr perir < L perire, to go through, perish < per-, through (see per) + ire, to go: see year
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verb per·ished, per·ish·ing, per·ish·es verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English perishen
Origin: , from Old French perir, periss-, to perish
Origin: , from Latin perīre
Origin: : per-, per-
Origin: + īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.
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