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FAMINE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does famine mean? 

FAMINE (noun)
  The noun FAMINE has 2 senses:

1. an acute insufficiency
2. a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death

  Familiarity information: FAMINE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FAMINE (noun)


Sense 1famine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An acute insufficiency

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

dearth; famine; shortage

Hypernyms ("famine" is a kind of...):

deficiency; lack; want (the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable)


Sense 2famine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("famine" is a kind of...):

calamity; cataclysm; catastrophe; disaster; tragedy (an event resulting in great loss and misfortune)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "famine"):

the Great Calamity; the Great Hunger; the Great Starvation; the Irish Famine (a famine in Ireland resulting from a potato blight; between 1846 and 1851 a million people starved to death and 1.6 million emigrated (most to America))


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