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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a famine victim (=someone who has had no food to eat for a long time)
▪ Aid is being shipped to famine victims.
famine/flood relief
▪ We donated $1,000 to the American Red Cross for flood relief.
▪ In 1922 they were the hub of the maelstrom that was the great famine of 1921-2.
▪ Like Concerned Women, it also grew out of the great famine of 1974.
▪ However, when Karamoja experienced severe famine in 1979 and 1980, aid organizations streamed in to provide relief food.
▪ It could mean permanent coastal flooding in some countries and widespread famine in others.
▪ The potato famine, so many millions of people were affected by it and all the deaths that have occurred.
▪ Their families had come to the United States during the nineteenth-century potato famine.
▪ A special series of graded poll-taxes towards famine relief began in February 1922.
▪ Then there was the famine relief work, the Ethiopean situation, the Kurdish situation.
▪ Even the famine area was made to pay one-half of the supplemental tax levied for famine relief.
▪ Join a pressure group or raise money for famine relief.
▪ The national union of workers in education and the arts gave 5 percent of their pay for famine relief.
▪ It hopes to mount 15 flights a day - carrying enough food to feed 500,000 of the most desperate famine victims.
▪ United Nations experts say as many as four million people are facing famine after a severe drought and crop failure.
▪ Those who were spared death by disease faced death by famine.
▪ Millions of people in Africa continue to die because of war and famine.
▪ The four-year drought has caused widespread famine across Afghanistan.
▪ Also invoked against famine and plagues.
▪ In this way famine can be prevented now and in the future.
▪ Paradoxically, it was the grain-surplus areas which were most at risk of severe deprivation and periodic famine.
▪ Similarly, it is indefensible to be inactive in the face of third world poverty and famine.
▪ Since the seed for this year's crops has been eaten, the risk of a prolonged famine is increasing.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.''

There was a famine in the land.
--Gen. xxvi. 1.

Famine fever (Med.), typhus fever.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., from Old French famine "famine, starvation" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *famina, from Latin fames "hunger, starvation, famine," which is of unknown origin.


n. 1 (context uncountable English) extreme shortage of food in a region 2 (context countable English) a period of extreme shortage of food in a region

  1. n. an acute insufficiency [syn: dearth, shortage]

  2. a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death


A famine is a widespread scarcity of food, caused by several factors including crop failure, population imbalance, or government policies. This phenomenon is usually accompanied or followed by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality. Nearly every continent in the world has experienced a period of famine throughout history. Some countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, continue to have extreme cases of famine. It remains to be the most affected area in the world. And due to climate change, the conditions only fluctuate more and more. Predicting the seasons, as well as when to expect rain to help plant more crops seems to be a challenge. Most programmes direct their aid, and most increased efforts towards this continent.

Famine (comics)

Famine (Autumn Rolfson) is a fictional character, a Mutant supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is most notable for being one of the original four horsemen of the villain Apocalypse.

Famine (disambiguation)

A famine is a widespread shortage of food that may apply to any faunal species.

Famine may also refer to:

  • Famine (comics), a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe
  • The Famine, a death metal band
  • Famine (O'Flaherty novel), by Liam O'Flaherty
  • Famine (Masterton novel), a 1981 novel by Graham Masterton
  • Famine (film), a 2011 horror film
  • Famine (album), a 2007 album by Graves of Valor
  • Famine (play), a 1977 play by Tom Murphy
Famine (album)

Famine is the first official release by Death Metal act Graves of Valor it was released September 11th 2007 via Tragic Hero Records On May 30th 2006 Graves of Valor released two demo tracks to their Myspace page entitled "Architect" and "Kiss the Snake" The full Track listing was released soon after.

Famine (Masterton novel)

Famine is a 1981 horror novel written by Scottish writer Graham Masterton. The story is about a nationwide famine that sweeps America, rendering all sources of food contaminated in one way or another.

The plot revolves around Ed Hardesty, a wheat farmer who owns South Burlington Farm, Kingman County, Kansas and his attempt to find out the cause of the blight that has stricken his wheat crop, as well as every other crop in the United States. Though there are numerous other characters, Ed is indeed the protagonist and is the focal point for the book's progression.

Famine (O'Flaherty novel)

Famine is a novel by Irish writer Liam O'Flaherty published in 1937. Set in the fictionally named Black Valley in the west of Ireland (there is an actual Black Valley in Kerry) during the Great Famine of the 1840s, the novel tells the story of three generations of the Kilmartin family. The novel is scarifying about the constitutional politics of Daniel O'Connell, seen as laying the oppressed Irish of the 19th century open to the famine that would destroy their society.

In a review for the Irish Times, author John Broderick said of one of the novel's characters: "Mary Kilmartin (the heroine) has been singled out by two generations of critics as one of the great creations of modern literature. And so she is."

In Great Hatred, Little Room: The Irish Historical Novel, James Cahalan wrote: The novel is interspersed with sardonic socialist polemics, and contains an extreme representation of the landlord’s agent, Chadwick, who seduces and ruins Ellie Kilmartin, and exclaims against the peasants, "I’m going to root them out like a nest of rats."

O'Flaherty dedicated the book to John Ford, in thanks and honor of his 1935 film adaptation of O'Flaherty's novel, The Informer.

Famine (film)

Famine (also known as Stupid Teens Must Die!) is a 2011 horror film written and directed by Ryan Nicholson, and co-written by Jeff O'Brien.

Usage examples of "famine".

When the return of famine severely admonished them of the importance of the arts, the national distress was sometimes alleviated by the emigration of a third, perhaps, or a fourth part of their youth.

Women and children were imbued with a spirit equal to that of the men, fought as stoutly on the walls, and died as uncomplainingly from famine in the beleaguered towns.

The memorable benefaction of the year 508, which was a famine reinforced by a pestilence, swept away sixteen hundred millions of people in nine months.

I am aiming to raise 6 cwt of potatoes against the famine I foresee next winter.

PURGANAX: Gentlemen Boars, I move a resolution, That her most sacred Majesty should be Invited to attend the feast of Famine, And to receive upon her chaste white body Dews of Apotheosis from this BAG.

As he watched the figure in its restless sleep, looking for all the world like some peasant victim of a Russian famine, he could not refrain from smiling, for he remembered that this was Jim Falconet, who had once captained a famous polo team on their visit to England, and was believed to be the third or fourth richest man in the world.

The talk at Gaillard was of battles and hostages, taxes and levies, of ransom, of the famine and hard times that war had brought to the provinces of the Angevins, and, more than all, of the persistent treachery and menace of the Franks As the castle uplifted its mass against the sky, Plantagenet policy with respect to this menace took shape and became mamfest.

James de Guider assisted his brother Stephen into the court--the first time the lame old gentleman had been in Templetown since the famine.

Their relative Patrick de Guider was there, the sole survivor of the fourteen brothers who had died of famine fever contracted from the stir about line of Connemara migrants.

His chum laughed, and he repeated the remark that not one miner in a thousand could live upon half-a-crown a day in those times, when for the commonest necessaries famine prices had frequently to be paid.

There was no way to connect the plagues and sickness and famines to events occurring in Rome and Maam Cross, Ireland, but all my instincts told me there had to be a link, and that we would soon know what it was.

He had bought up all the potatoes that had flourished unbhighted in the Maharees in Kerry during the famine.

As yet the mind alone had suffered--could I for ever put off the time, when the delicate frame and shrinking nerves of my child of prosperity, the nursling of rank and wealth, who was my companion, should be invaded by famine, hardship, and disease?

The first cholera epidemic found her in the throes not only of famine but of civil disorder, controlled and suppressed by her highly mechanized army and by the still very powerful habits of orderliness and subordination in her people.

The green-wood glade, the cultivated fields, noble castles, and smiling villages were changed to churchyard and tomb: want, famine and hate ravaged the fated land.