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famished


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Famish  \Fam"ish\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Famished};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Famishing}.]  [OE.  famen;  cf  OF  afamer  L.  fames.  See 
  {Famine},  and  cf  {Affamish}.] 
  1.  To  starve,  kill,  or  destroy  with  hunger.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  exhaust  the  strength  or  endurance  of  by  hunger;  to 
  distress  with  hanger. 
 
  And  when  all  the  land  of  Egypt  was  famished,  the 
  people  cried  to  Pharaoh  for  bread.  --Cen.  xli. 
  55. 
 
  The  pains  of  famished  Tantalus  he'll  feel  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  kill,  or  to  cause  to  suffer  extremity,  by  deprivation 
  or  denial  of  anything  necessary. 
 
  And  famish  him  of  breath,  if  not  of  bread.  --Milton. 
 
  4.  To  force  or  constrain  by  famine. 
 
  He  had  famished  Paris  into  a  surrender.  --Burke. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  famished 
  adj  :  extremely  hungry;  "they  were  tired  and  famished  for  food  and 
  sleep";  "a  ravenous  boy";  "the  family  was  starved  and 
  ragged";  "fell  into  the  esurient  embrance  of  a 
  predatory  enemy"  [syn:  {ravenous},  {sharp-set},  {starved}, 
  {esurient}] 




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