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/ ˈpɛr ɪʃ /
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Definition of perish

verb (used without object)
to die or be destroyed through violence, privation, etc.: to perish in an earthquake.
to pass away or disappear: an age of elegance that has forever perished.
to suffer destruction or ruin: His valuable paintings perished in the fire.
to suffer spiritual death: Save us, lest we perish.
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Idioms about perish

    perish the thought, may it never happen: used facetiously or as an afterthought of foreboding.

Origin of perish

1200–50; Middle English perissen<Old French periss-, long stem of perir<Latin perīre to perish, literally, go through, spend fully, equivalent to per-per- + īre to go

synonym study for perish

1. See die1.


per·ish·less, adjectiveper·ish·ment, nounun·per·ished, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for perish

/ (ˈpɛrɪʃ) /

verb (intr)
to be destroyed or die, esp in an untimely way
(tr sometimes followed by with or from) to cause to sufferwe were perished with cold
to rotleather perishes if exposed to bad weather
perish the thought! may it never be or happen thus
do a perish Australian informal to die or come near to dying of thirst or starvation

Word Origin for perish

C13: from Old French périr, from Latin perīre to pass away entirely, from per- (away) + īre to go
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