• WordNet 3.6
    • n famishment a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Famishment State of being famished.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n famishment The pain of extreme hunger or thirst; extremity from want of food.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Famishment starvation
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  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the famished.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Obs. fame, to starve—L. fames, hunger.


In literature:

When almost famishing they bled their mules and drank the warm current.
"The Life of Kit Carson" by Edward S. Ellis
It was more than two weeks before General Custer and his famished troopers began to straggle in.
"The Old Santa Fe Trail" by Henry Inman
I've been famished all my days for these things.
"A Passionate Pilgrim" by Henry James
Where the furtive Jackals wage their famished strife, Oh, your shadow on the mangroves!
"India's Love Lyrics" by Adela Florence Cory Nicolson (AKA Laurence Hope), et al.
Cold and famished, more and more miserable in spirit, I flew up Carl Johann.
"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun
Is it still starving the soul and famishing the heart?
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
These, in addition to their terrible hardships and fatigue, were worn out with hunger, and almost famished.
"With Moore at Corunna" by G. A. Henty
Thy half convert, the soldier Macer, would greet this as a cordial to his famishing soul.
"Zenobia" by William Ware
I mean, ain't you famished, child?
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
She took the little girl off to her own room, the kitchen, and we fell like famished wolves upon the smoking venison and onions.
"In the Valley" by Harold Frederic

In poetry:

By Hungary she's passing,
And blunt grows Szela's knife;
And the famished of Silesia
Are thinking of their life.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
Oh, sweet as the breath of morn,
To the fallen and forlorn
Are whispered words of praise;
For the famished heart believes
The falsehood that tempts and deceives,
And the promise that betrays.
"Helen Of Tyre" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Then, when the cup of ills is drained indeed,
Will we come to thee with our wounds that bleed,
With famished mouths and hearts that thou shalt feed,
And see thee worshipped as the world's delight.
"A Year's Burden -- 1870" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
And then I thought of Love that beat and cried
Famishing at my breast;
How I, by chilling care distrest,
Denied him, and Love died....
O, with what sore unrest
Love's ghost woke with the bird that cried!
"I Heard A Voice Upon The Window Beat" by John Freeman
I am faint with love and longing, and my burning eyes are gazing
Where the furtive Jackals wage their famished strife,
Oh, your shadow on the mangroves! and your step upon the sandhills,--
This is the loveliest evening of my Life!
"Ojira, To Her Lover" by Laurence Hope
From the sad eaves the drip-drop of the rain!
The water washing at the latchel door;
A slow step plashing by upon the moor;
A single bleat far from the famished fold;
The clicking of an embered hearth and cold;
The rainy Robin tic-tac at the pane.
"Desolate" by Sydney Thompson Dobell

In news:

Pulling an all-nighter before midterms can leave you famished.
Food for America's famished .
Hansel (Alice Cote) and Gretel (Christine Schaefer) are simply famished in the Met's new production of Engelbert Humperdinck's opera.
Goat handler Paulie Castillo of Westminster bottle feeds famished baby goats at the Double R Ranch Transitional Living facility.
When winter arrives, the famished grasshopper asks for help, only to be rebuked by the ant for his past indolence.
Famished filmgoers, take note: Director James Rasin hopes his new documentary Beautiful Darling— opening April 22 at the IFC Center—is "an exciting dinner conversation".
Staying well- hydrated isn't just key before and during workouts but also following exercise — especially for those who find themselves feeling famished afterwards.