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Origin of famine
Examples from the Web for famine
She recalls that during the famine her father illegally sold gold and silver.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State|Lizzie Crocker|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“These people were coming here from tragic situations of war and famine in search of a better life,” he told The Daily Beast.
Famine and frigid temperatures ensued, and roughly 10 percent of the population died.When the Weather Went All Medieval: Climate Change, Famine, and Mass Death|Wendy Smith|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At other times, North Korea might want aid economic and food concessions, especially during periods of hardship and famine.
Famine will stalk the land and as many as seven million people will confront extreme food insecurity—in short, starvation.
Never, never would he eat cheese again unless the hand of famine gripped him.Kenny|Leona Dalrymple
All kinds of calamities overspread the earth and decimated the race,--war, pestilence, and famine.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV|John Lord
Hundreds of thousands of people used to perish by famine and disease year after year.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out|Fred T. Hodgson
During a famine a rich man offered to supply a vast store of grain for public use provided he was made a deacon.Curiosities of Christian History|Croake James
An' small thanks I gets—me that keeps this harbor alive, in famine an' plenty.Harbor Tales Down North|Norman Duncan
Word Origin for famine
mid-14c., from Old French famine "hunger" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *famina, from Latin fames "hunger, starvation, famine," of unknown origin.
see feast or famine.