• WordNet 3.6
    • v perish pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life "She died from cancer","The children perished in the fire","The patient went peacefully","The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Apus Australiensis, a shrimp-like crustacean of arid central Australia, survives where other water animals would perish because its eggs hatch only after they have been dried out in the sun.
    • v. i Perish To be destroyed; to pass away; to become nothing; to be lost; to die; hence, to wither; to waste away. "I perish with hunger!""Grow up and perish , as the summer fly.""The thoughts of a soul that perish in thinking."
    • v. t Perish To cause perish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • perish To pass away; come to naught; waste away; decay and disappear.
    • perish To cease to live; die.
    • perish Synonyms Expire, Decease, etc. See die.
    • perish To bring to naught; injure; destroy; kill.
    • perish An obsolete form of pierce.
    • n perish The act of perishing: in the following slang phrase.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Perish per′ish to pass away completely: to waste away: to decay: to lose life: to be destroyed: to be ruined or lost
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  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “A Government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
  • Anatole France
    “Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.”
  • Francis Thompson
    Francis Thompson
    “For we are born in other's pain, and perish in our own.”
  • Donatus
    “Perish those who said our good things before we did.”


Perish the thought - Perish the thought is an expression meaning that you really hope something will not happen.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. perissen, perisshen, F. périr, p. pr. périssant, L. perire, to go or run through, come to nothing, perish; per, through + ire, to go. Cf. Issue, and see -ish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. perir, pr.p. perissant—L. perīre, to perish—per, completely, īre, to go.


In literature:

Better a thousand perish on the rack or by the axe, than that the church itself faint away and die.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
Shall I perish with the body?
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
Of whom let one perish, and let another live, whoever may chance.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
If I do perish, gladly will I perish at human hands.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Many, however, perished, with the frail boats to which they committed their lives.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
Two thousand persons perished.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
The men of Boulogne allowed it to perish, and then thought they were free of all obligation.
"Grace Darling" by Eva Hope
I had made up my mind to perish with him rather than let him go.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Admiral, ignorant of their misfortunes, they said, would sail away, and leave them to perish.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Hudson, and those who adhered to him, were set on shore, and perished miserably.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

He gave his Son for sinners lost,
Who perished them to save;
And when the evil day doth come,
He'll raise them from the grave.
"The False Swearer" by Susannah Hawkins
“Save, Lord, we perish,” was their cry,
“O save us in our agony!”
Thy word above the storm rose high,
“Peace, be still.”
"Fierce raged the tempest o’er the deep" by Godfrey Thring
Thanks, sweet May! thy gift I cherish,
Soon, alas! too soon to perish;
Though a thing of beauty, never
Canst thou be a joy for ever.
"The May Flower" by Janet Hamilton
Then may my trembling pilgrim feet
In safety find thy lov'd retreat!
And, if I'm doom'd to drop with care,
Still let me perish there!
"Song II" by Sir John Carr
But, when he thought upon the hour,
He kneeled on the deck at prayer,
When he heard the cries within that ship
Of all that perish'd there.
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
Immortal Fame!--O dust and death!
The centuries as they pass proclaim
That Fame is but a mortal breath,
That man must perish--name and fame.
"Fame" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

Marty Mocks Bikes While People Perish .
Surviving the war to perish at home By Cokie Roberts and Steven V Roberts
Several of the homeowner's cats were rescued from the home, but some also perished .
Op-ed: How to Self-Publish and Not Perish in the Process.
Two pigs perished inside a Los Fresnos shed fire on Monday morning near FM 803.
My people perish for lack of knowledge.
The birds in her collection—some of them donated by the children— perished for various reasons, although Dickens excluded birds that had been intentionally killed.
Two children perish in Bryan County fire.
Though the occupants evacuated the home safely, officials said the residents' dogs perished in the blaze.
Hundreds perish in Cambodia stampede.
Mother, child perish in Shenandoah Junction fire.
Recap for 'Doc Martin,' Episode 25: ' Perish Together as Fools'.
Recap for 'Doc Martin,' Episode 25: ' Perish Together as Fools' Previously on "Doc Martin" Louisa is officially back in town and is having a bit of a rough time settling in - especially since Edith is her doctor now.
Don't let your plants perish while you play.
Pets perish in morning house fire.

In science:

Punish or perish? retaliation and collaboration among humans.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
Gilkey, Invariance theory, the heat equation and the Atiyah-Singer Index theorem , Wilmington, Publish or Perish, 1984. For a review see G.
Noncommutative Geometry as the Key to Unlock the Secrets of Space-Time
However, the notion of nested variables and the need for maintaining a critical minimum become important here, since if the total Hamiltonian for the agent exceeds the critical value at any time, the agent must perish.
Organization and Complexity in a Nested Hierarchical Spin-Glass like Social Space
In the current academic environment, scientists must publish, or they perish.
An index to link scientific productivity with visibility
So, even if these anomalies eventually perish, they will be survived by the powerful methods that have been devised to test them.
Testing gaussianity, homogeneity and isotropy with the cosmic microwave background