What does the word inanition mean?

Usage examples for inanition

  1. He might die not of his wound, but of inanition, if I did not succeed in giving him suitable food, fairly plentiful and dispensed at fairly frequent intervals. – The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre
  2. And nervous depletion occasioned by working- wives has doubtless much to do with the inanition and depression now crippling our industrial output. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  3. Having lost the power of vexing, and beyond being really vexed by a being she so utterly despised as her husband, there was nothing left but pure passivity and inanition, into which she was rapidly declining. – Trumps by George William Curtis