starvation

[ stahr-vey-shuhn ]
/ stɑrˈveɪ ʃən /

noun

the act or state of starving; condition of being starved.

adjective

liable or seeming to cause starving: a starvation diet.

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Origin of starvation

First recorded in 1770–80; starve + -ation
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British Dictionary definitions for starvation

starvation
/ (stɑːˈveɪʃən) /

noun

  1. the act or an instance of starving or state of being starved
  2. (as modifier)a starvation diet; starvation wages
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Medical definitions for starvation

starvation
[ stär-vāshən ]

n.

The act or process of starving.
The condition of being starved.
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