- liable or seeming to cause starving: a starvation diet.
Origin of starvation
Examples from the Web for starvation
First, the starvation: The state of New York is being sued again for funding public schools below constitutional levels.Hunger Games Comes to New York State’s Public Schools
November 26, 2014
And food, far from being a source of energy and enjoyment, has become a battleground of guilt and shame and excess and starvation.How the Ministry of Thin Enslaves Women
June 10, 2014
Each of these studies found that exposure to starvation during the first trimester of pregnancy appeared to do the most harm.
Millions of years of evolution have equipped human bodies with the ability to adapt to starvation.
Famine will stalk the land and as many as seven million people will confront extreme food insecurity—in short, starvation.Preventing Genocide In South Sudan
Eric Reeves, John Prendergast
April 29, 2014
But the short of it is, Henry found himself facing work or starvation.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Exclusion was to me starvation, and I eagerly adopted the counsel of my companion.
She saw it was reasonable: what fellowship can light have with darkness, or love with starvation?Weighed and Wanting
It was pure kindness, for he would have died slowly otherwise of starvation.The Trail Book
Your costume may save us from starvation if we run short of cash.In the Midst of Alarms
- the act or an instance of starving or state of being starved
- (as modifier)a starvation diet; starvation wages
Word Origin and History for starvation
1778, noun of action from starve. Famously introduced in English by Henry Dundas during debate in the House of Commons in 1775 on American affairs. It earned him the nickname "Starvation Dundas," though sources disagree on whether this was given in objection to the harshness of his suggestion of starving the rebels into submission or in derision at the barbarous formation of the word. It is one of the earliest instances of -ation used with a native Germanic word.
As to Lord Chatham, the victories, conquests, extension of our empire within these last five years, will annihilate his fame of course, and he may be replaced by Starvation Dundas, whose pious policy suggested that the devil of rebellion could be expelled only by fasting, though that never drove him out of Scotland. [Horace Walpole, letter to the Rev. William Mason, April 25, 1781]
- The act or process of starving.
- The condition of being starved.