Famine meaning

fămĭn
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A drastic shortage; a dearth.
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A drastic, wide-reaching food shortage.
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Severe hunger; starvation.
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(archaic) Extreme appetite.
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The definition of a famine is an extreme shortage, especially of food.

An example of famine is when there is no food and people are starving.

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An acute and general shortage of food, or a period of this.
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Any acute shortage.
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(archaic) Starvation.
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A drastic, wide-reaching food shortage.
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Severe hunger; starvation.
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The personification of famine, often depicted riding a black horse.
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Origin of famine

  • Middle English from Old French from faim hunger from Latin famēs

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition