- To perish is to suffer death, ruin or destruction.
When a person is murdered, this is an example of a situation in which the person is said to perish.
Someone perished here.
- to be destroyed, ruined, or wiped out
- to die; esp., to die a violent or untimely death
Origin of perishMiddle English perischen ; from extended stem of Old French perir ; from Classical Latin perire, to go through, perish ; from per-, through (see per) + ire, to go: see year
perish the thought!
verbper·ished, per·ish·ing, per·ish·es
- To die or be destroyed, especially in a violent or untimely manner: “Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those who have no imagination?” (George Bernard Shaw).
- To pass from existence; disappear gradually: “Man will go down into the pit, and all his thoughts will perish” (A.J. Balfour).
- Chiefly British To spoil or deteriorate.
Origin of perishMiddle English perishen, from Old French perir, periss-, to perish, from Latin perīre : per-, per- + īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present perishes, present participle perishing, simple past and past participle perished)
- (intransitive) To pass away; to come to naught; to waste away; to decay and disappear.
- (intransitive) To die; to cease to live.