Definition of starvation in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /stɑːˈveɪʃn/


[mass noun]
Suffering or death caused by lack of food: thousands died of starvation
More example sentences
  • Most of them died of starvation, disease or brutality at the hands of the prison authorities.
  • Their remaining options were sleeping on the streets, prostitution, crime and starvation.
  • Dundee specialised in garrotting and Aberdeen used starvation - it was cheaper.
extreme hunger, lack of food, famine, want, undernourishment, malnourishment, fasting;
deprivation of food;
death from lack of food

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: star|va¦tion

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.