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Famish   Listen
verb
Famish  v. i.  
1.
To die of hunger; to starve.
2.
To suffer extreme hunger or thirst, so as to be exhausted in strength, or to come near to perish. "You are all resolved rather to die than to famish?"
3.
To suffer extremity from deprivation of anything essential or necessary. "The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish."






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"Famish" Quotes from Famous Books



... hour I would have wish'd to die, If through the shudd'ring midnight I had sent From the dark dungeon of the tower time-rent, That fearful voice, a famish'd father's cry— ...
— Lectures on the English Poets - Delivered at the Surrey Institution • William Hazlitt

... to "get on" was suddenly slackened; the determination to famish himself as far as Fondi by way of punishing the landlord was abandoned; John chose the best apartment in the inn for his master's reception, and preparations were made to ...
— Tales of a Traveller • Washington Irving

... to the same Sepulchre, and cryed with a lowd voice, saying: o yee dead spirites whom I have so highly and greatly offended, vouchsafe to receive me, behold I make Sacrifice unto you with my whole body: which said, hee closed the Sepulchre, purposing to famish himselfe, and to finish his life there in sorrow. These things the young man with pitifull sighes and teares, declared unto the Cowheards and Shepheards, which caused them all to weepe: but they fearing to become subject unto new masters, ...
— The Golden Asse • Lucius Apuleius

... barking soul, We saw two more, so iced up in one hole, That the one's visage capp'd the other's head; And as a famish'd man devoureth bread, So rent the top one's teeth the skull below 'Twixt nape and brain. Tydeus, as stories show, Thus to the brain of Menalippus ate:— "O thou!" I cried, "showing such bestial hate To him thou tearest, read us whence ...
— Stories from the Italian Poets: With Lives of the Writers, Volume 1 • Leigh Hunt

... wail in the trees—as if a child were whimpering out there? That is the plaint of the fairies who live in the buds and twigs, in the flower cups and mosses. They famish, their gods will hear. Their gods hear when ours is deaf. You will see. There will be clouds over us to-morrow and we will ...
— The Hollow of Her Hand • George Barr McCutcheon

... regard what of me may betide? Have I run with you while I was able to go, And now you purchase food for yourself and no mo? Have I taken so long pain you truly to serve, And can ye be content, that I famish and starve? I must lacquey and come lugging greyhound and hound, And carry the weight, I dare say, of twenty pound, And to help his hunger purchase grace and favour, And now to be shut out fasting for my labour! By my faith, I may say I serve ...
— A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Vol. II • Robert Dodsley

... shift I have been driven to for the relief of this garrison here, left 'a l'abandon;' without which means they had all fallen into wild and shameful disorder, to her Majesty's great disgrace and overthrow of her service. I am compelled, unless I would see the poor men famish, and her Majesty dishonoured, to try my poor credit ...
— The Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1555-1566 • John Lothrop Motley



Words linked to "Famish" :   drop dead, be full, decease, kick the bucket, hunger, exit, deprive, die, croak, cash in one's chips, choke, perish, suffer, pass away, expire



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