Part of speech: noun

Exhaustion from want of nourishment.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", George William Curtis.