verb (used without object), hun·ger-struck, hun·ger-strik·ing.

to go on a hunger strike.

Origin of hunger-strike

First recorded in 1910–15
Related formshunger striker, noun

hunger strike


a deliberate refusal to eat, undertaken in protest against imprisonment, improper treatment, objectionable conditions, etc.

Origin of hunger strike

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of hunger-strike

  • Two days ago the news of an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian prisoners to end the hunger-strike broke.

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    Prisoners of Process

    Hanan Ashrawi

    May 16, 2012

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British Dictionary definitions for hunger-strike

hunger strike


a voluntary fast undertaken, usually by a prisoner, as a means of protest
Derived Formshunger striker, noun
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