browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
famine

more about famine

famine


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Famine  \Fam"ine\,  n.  [F.  famine,  fr  L.  fames  hunger;  cf  Gr 
  ?????  want  need  Skr.  h[=a]ni  loss  lack,  h[=a]  to  leave.] 
  General  scarcity  of  food;  dearth;  a  want  of  provisions; 
  destitution.  ``Worn  with  famine.''  --Milton. 
 
  There  was  a  famine  in  the  land.  --Gen.  xxvi. 
  1. 
 
  {Famine  fever}  (Med.),  typhus  fever. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  famine 
  n  :  a  severe  shortage  (especially  a  shortage  of  food)  [syn:  {dearth}, 
  {shortage}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Famine 
  The  first  mentioned  in  Scripture  was  so  grievous  as  to  compel 
  Abraham  to  go  down  to  the  land  of  Egypt  (Gen.  26:1).  Another  is 
  mentioned  as  having  occurred  in  the  days  of  Isaac,  causing  him 
  to  go  to  Gerar  (Gen.  26:1,  17).  But  the  most  remarkable  of  all 
  was  that  which  arose  in  Egypt  in  the  days  of  Joseph,  which 
  lasted  for  seven  years  (Gen.  41-45). 
 
  Famines  were  sent  as  an  effect  of  God's  anger  against  a  guilty 
  people  (2  Kings  8:1,  2;  Amos  8:11;  Deut.  28:22-42;  2  Sam.  21:1; 
  2  Kings  6:25-28;  25:3;  Jer.  14:15;  19:9;  42:17,  etc.).  A  famine 
  was  predicted  by  Agabus  (Acts  11:28).  Josephus  makes  mention  of 
  the  famine  which  occurred  A.D.  45.  Helena,  queen  of  Adiabene 
  being  at  Jerusalem  at  that  time,  procured  corn  from  Alexandria 
  and  figs  from  Cyprus  for  its  poor  inhabitants. 
 




more about famine