Famish

Definition of Famish

Fam´ish
v. t.1.To starve, kill, or destroy with hunger.
[imp. & p. p. Famished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Famishing.]
2.To exhaust the strength or endurance of, by hunger; to distress with hanger.
And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread.
- Cen. xli. 55.
The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel.
- Dryden.
3.To kill, or to cause to suffer extremity, by deprivation or denial of anything necessary.
And famish him of breath, if not of bread.
- Milton.
4.To force or constrain by famine.
He had famished Paris into a surrender.
- Burke.
v. i.1.To die of hunger; to starve.
2.To suffer extreme hunger or thirst, so as to be exhausted in strength, or to come near to perish.
You are all resolved rather to die than to famish?
- Shak.
3.To suffer extremity from deprivation of anything essential or necessary.
The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish.
- Prov. x. 3.

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hunger, hurt, starve, suffer
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