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(past & past part. famished; pres. part. famishing)
Be hungry; go without food.  Synonyms: hunger, starve.
Deprive of food.  Synonym: starve.
Die of food deprivation.  Synonym: starve.  "Many famished in the countryside during the drought"

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"Famish" Quotes from Famous Books

... and summon constables to arrest a hound that has ventured into another man's grove; in Lithuania, thank the Lord, we keep up the old ways: we have enough game for ourselves and for our neighbours, and shall never complain to the police about it; and we have enough grain, so that the dogs will not famish us by running through the spring wheat or the rye; on the peasants' fields alone ...
— Pan Tadeusz • Adam Mickiewicz

... whose shaggy skin (So strict the watch of dogs had been) Hid little but his bones, Once met a mastiff dog astray. A prouder, fatter, sleeker Tray, No human mortal owns. Sir Wolf in famish'd plight, Would fain have made a ration Upon his fat relation; But then he first must fight; And well the dog seem'd able To save from wolfish table His carcass snug and tight. So, then, in civil conversation The ...
— The Fables of La Fontaine - A New Edition, With Notes • Jean de La Fontaine

... brave will tremble at, and not perform. 90 Thine be the proof, and, spite of all you've said, You'd give your honour for a crust of bread. C. What proof might do, what hunger might effect, What famish'd Nature, looking with neglect On all she once held dear; what fear, at strife With fainting virtue for the means of life, Might make this coward flesh, in love with breath, Shuddering at pain, and ...
— Poetical Works • Charles Churchill

... those distinctions of caste and systems of labor which so degrade and famish masses of human beings, that the divine miracle of the feeding of the five thousand must be multiplied many times over before the truths of nature or revelation can be received into teachable minds or susceptible hearts? And who shall answer for the hereditary poverty, ignorance and crime, ...
— Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions • George S. Boutwell

Words linked to "Famish" :   be full, croak, perish, pass away, cash in one's chips, die, snuff it, pass, exit, hunger, pop off, drop dead, hurt, kick the bucket, starve, deprive, feed, go, buy the farm, suffer, give-up the ghost, conk, expire, choke, decease

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