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hunger

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌŋɡə
 
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Definition of hunger in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat: she was faint with hunger
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  • Patients with dementia go walking for many reasons, including discomfort, hunger or pain.
  • Food stimulation also resulted in increases in self-reports of hunger and desire for food.
  • I was constantly confronted with my own weaknesses, my hunger, my low tolerance for pain.
Synonyms
lack of food, need for food, hungriness, ravenousness, emptiness;
rare famishment, inanition
1.1A severe lack of food: they died from cold and hunger
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  • These camps face severe problems of hunger, disease as well as security.
  • One result of this was occasional and localized food shortages so severe as to occasion hunger, starvation, and death.
  • Up to 3 million people are suffering from severe hunger while another 3 million have not got enough to eat.
1.2A strong desire or craving: her hunger for knowledge
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  • It's infused with desire and loss, impossible tenderness, insatiable hunger.
  • Have sensible people never felt the insatiable hunger of infatuation?
  • There was only one: the desire for vengeance, a hunger so strong that it had consumed his entire personality.
Synonyms

verb

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1 (hunger after/for) Have a strong desire or craving for: he hungered for a sense of self-worth
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  • But humanity hungers for a sense of right and wrong, for some absolute moral values.
  • I looked over at Ethan, his eyes on me, a sudden flash of desire in his eyes, I knew he still hungered for me as my lips curled into a smile.
  • Aye, he was a kind and strong leader, but he hungered after adventure and ran after it with haste.
Synonyms
desire, crave, have a craving for;
long for, yearn for, have a yearning for, pine for, ache for, thirst for, have an appetite for, hanker after, lust after, want, need
informal have a yen for, itch for, be dying for, be gagging for
archaic be athirst for, be desirous of
2 archaic Feel or suffer hunger: when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he afterwards hungered
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  • How many hungered, sickened or died as a result?
  • Tell it to all those who hungered and thirsted and prayed and begged for help.
  • By analogy, a mother does not love her child because it hungers and cries, even though its crying makes new demands upon her love.

Origin

Old English hungor (noun), hyngran (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch honger and German Hunger.

Words that rhyme with hunger

sangha, Younger

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