- exhaustion from lack of nourishment; starvation.
- lack of vigor; lethargy.
Origin of inanition
Examples from the Web for inanition
In a sense, just curled up like a ball, or waiting to die from inanition.Peter Goodwin Is Dying: An Assisted-Suicide Doctor Invokes Law He Built
March 4, 2012
And men may be over-disciplined, so that their impulses die away from inanition.The Legacy of Greece
To be starved to death is "to sink from inanition into nonentity."Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)</p>
Thomas Babington Macaulay
That a state of inanition exists in Miss Fancher is not to be doubted.Fasting Girls
William Alexander Hammond
Frequently the engine stopped as if from sheer fatigue or inanition.Andersonville, Volume 4
Marjorie was awakened from her trance of inanition by the porter's voice.Excuse Me!
- exhaustion resulting from lack of food
- mental, social, or spiritual weakness or lassitude
Word Origin and History for inanition
c.1400, from Old French inanition, from Latin inanitionem (nominative inanitio) "emptiness," noun of action from past participle stem of inanire "to empty," from inanis "empty, void, worthless, useless," of uncertain origin.
- Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality.