verb (used without object)
- perish the thought,
Origin of perish
Examples from the Web for perished
Some of those 900 bison might have perished naturally during the killing cold of winter and provided spring food for grizzlies.
The city insisted that such honors are reserved for people like the firefighters and cops who perished in the 9/11 attacks.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won|Michael Daly|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Soviet regime was merciless to its opponents, and millions suffered and perished in its labor camp.
This was even before the current ISIS crisis in which many more have perished.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple|Michael Luongo|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a negligent accident that cost more than 30 lives, including a salvage diver who perished working on the wreck.
One was far advanced in years, and perished on the night of sorrows.The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 2 (of 2)|Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Great numbers of them had been killed, and a greater number had perished by other means.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Some had fallen in the attempt to leap, and had perished in the flames that were burning among the buildings beneath them.Romulus, Makers of History|Jacob Abbott
At no time during the day's battle did so many Normans die as perished in that fosse.
Few had perished in fighting with the Indians; it was hunger that had exhausted and killed them.De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)|Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
Word Origin for perish
mid-13c., from periss- present participle stem of Old French perir "perish, be lost, be shipwrecked" (12c.), from Latin perire "to be lost, perish," literally "to go through," from per- "through, completely, to destruction" (see per) + ire "to go" (see ion). Related: Perished; perishing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with perish
- perish the thought
- publish or perish