famine

Part of speech: noun

A widespread scarcity of food; dearth.

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Usage examples "famine":

  1. The crops had been poor, and the peasants saw themselves face to face with famine. - "Anarchism and Other Essays", Emma Goldman.
  2. God sent upon Israel a three years' famine for it. - "The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus", American Anti-Slavery Society.
  3. Many people harbor fears of losing weight because they think that if times were really tough, if there was a famine or they became ill and lost a lot of weight they would have no reserves and would certainly perish. - "How and When to Be Your Own Doctor", Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon.