Perish meaning

pĕrĭsh
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.

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To bring to destruction; destroy.
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To spoil or deteriorate.
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To be destroyed, ruined, or wiped out.
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To die or be destroyed, especially in a violent or untimely manner.
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To die; esp., to die a violent or untimely death.
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(intransitive) To pass away; to come to naught; to waste away; to decay and disappear.
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To pass from existence; disappear gradually.
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(intransitive) To die; to cease to live.
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perish the thought
  • Used to express the wish that one not even think about something.
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perish the thought!
  • Let's not even consider such a possibility!.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of perish

  • Middle English perishen from Old French perir periss- to perish from Latin perīre per- per- īre to go ei- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English perishen, from Old French periss-, stem of certain parts of perir, from Latin perÄ«re (“to pass away, perish"), present active infinitive of pereō, from per (“through") + eō (“to go"); see iter.

    From Wiktionary