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Saturday, March 22, 2003

Definitions for inanition

  1. The condition or quality of being empty.
  2. Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment.
  3. Lack of vitality or spirit.

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Citations for inanition
The problem that faces British universities is not that they have become fat and lazy, but that they have been starved beyond lean efficiency into inanition. John Sutherland, The Guardian
Even without, or before, revolution or foreign invasion, states can decline of their own inanition. Harold Perkin, History Today
Origin of inanition
Inanition derives from Latin inanitio, "emptiness," from inanire, "to make empty," from inanis, "empty." It is related to inane, "lacking sense or intelligence; pointless."