During particularly harsh beginnings upon landing in the New World, desperate colonists resorted to human flesh for sustenance.
I still had a family that looked to me for their sustenance.
sustenance programs for the poor are being raided to pay for public union jobs.
The formula used to determine “absolute poverty” is defined as an income that allows for a basic level of sustenance.
For that matter, the very oil they breed in, gives them sustenance.
Without its own sustenance from the spiritual world, how could it survive?
It is not only possible, but easy, to win from Nature all that is necessary or desirable, for our sustenance and comfort.
What do they do but live and suck in sustenance and grow fat?
How often I had given the price of a week's sustenance to see her for a moment!
We found a farmer just up, and made him give us sustenance for ourselves and our horses.
c.1300, "means of living, subsistence, livelihood," from Old French sustenance (French soutenance), from Late Latin sustinentia "endurance," from Latin sustinens, present participle of sustinere (see sustain). Meaning "action of sustaining life by food" is from late 14c. Sense of "nourishment" is recorded from late 15c.