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famine

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The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.
Thomas Carlyle
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English

Etymology

From French famine.

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
famine

Plural
s

famine (s)
  1. (uncountable) extreme shortage of food in a region
    • 1971, Central Institute of Research & Training in Public Cooperation
      Dr. Bhatia pointed out that famine had occurred in all ages and in all societies where means of communication and transport were not developed.
  2. (countable) a period of extreme shortage of food in a region
    • 1986, United States Congress, House Select Committee on Hunger, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Famine and Recovery in Africa
      The root causes of the current famine are known: poverty, low health standards....
  3. During times of famine

Translations


French

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] fames "hunger".

Noun

famine f. (plural famines)

  1. famine

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