- startle reflex,
- starvation wages,
Origin of starvation
Examples from the Web for starvation
First, the starvation: The state of New York is being sued again for funding public schools below constitutional levels.Hunger Games Comes to New York State’s Public Schools|Zephyr Teachout|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And food, far from being a source of energy and enjoyment, has become a battleground of guilt and shame and excess and starvation.
Each of these studies found that exposure to starvation during the first trimester of pregnancy appeared to do the most harm.
Millions of years of evolution have equipped human bodies with the ability to adapt to starvation.
Famine will stalk the land and as many as seven million people will confront extreme food insecurity—in short, starvation.
The Confederate supplies had been captured by Sheridan, and Lees army was almost at the point of starvation.The Civil War Through the Camera|Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
While the pioneers at the Old Port were on the verge of starvation, the 'Clonmel' men were living in luxury.The Book of the Bush|George Dunderdale
Like their predecessors, they also encountered savage Indians, and died of starvation and sickness.The West Indies and the Spanish Main |James Rodway
Surrender or starvation were staring him with ugly insistence in the face.The Story Of Ireland|Emily Lawless
Fancy if you had only seventy dollars between you and starvation!The Bell in the Fog and Other Stories|Gertrude Atherton
- the act or an instance of starving or state of being starved
- (as modifier)a starvation diet; starvation wages
1778, noun of action from starve. Famously introduced in English by Henry Dundas during debate in the House of Commons in 1775 on American affairs. It earned him the nickname "Starvation Dundas," though sources disagree on whether this was given in objection to the harshness of his suggestion of starving the rebels into submission or in derision at the barbarous formation of the word. It is one of the earliest instances of -ation used with a native Germanic word.
As to Lord Chatham, the victories, conquests, extension of our empire within these last five years, will annihilate his fame of course, and he may be replaced by Starvation Dundas, whose pious policy suggested that the devil of rebellion could be expelled only by fasting, though that never drove him out of Scotland. [Horace Walpole, letter to the Rev. William Mason, April 25, 1781]