Famine is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand famine (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use famine in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of famine, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of famine, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - an acute insufficiency
EXAMPLES - Famine in a Sentence
- The sword or the famine is the doom thou hast chosen. (source)
- The word "famine" is a trigger for international assistance. (source)
- Research and development into preventing famine is national defense. (source)
- In dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. (source)
- He set forth the basic theme that famine is wholly unnecessary in the modern world. (source)
- For Sadiq, as for so many other local politicians, the famine is not a central issue. (source)
- And he called a famine upon the land: and he broke in pieces all the support of bread. (source)
- I agree with Bono when he says that the world needs to find long-term famine solutions. (source)
- He remembered all his hunting guile, the long patience of shooting meat in famine when a hit or (source)
- "Obviously we have endured a championship title famine int his county and we feel we have ground to make up. (source)
- I remember once doing a live shot from a so-called famine camp in Ethiopia -- and actually in Somalia as well. (source)
- It resulted in famine and American politicians wanted to exploit food aid as a means of winning concessions from (source)
- British spinmeisters appropriated the word famine for this phenomenon and it is a staple in every American textbook. (source)
- More than 5,000 Ethiopians died because of a terrible drought in the south that recalled the famine of a decade past. (source)
- Mugabe eats lobster for his birthday while 90+% of his subjects are in famine with a cholera epidemic rolling through. (source)
- Eizzy notes that the famine is the worst in the north and east, while those in the west are relatively safe from hunger. (source)
- "The famine is a tragic example of how this epidemic combines with other crises to create even greater catastrophes," UNAIDS (source)
- For me the word famine is used in the context where there are mass destraction of life because of the problem caused by drought. (source)
- Some devilish impulse got into her at that moment and she continued with, "Feast or famine is the way of life for us fugitives, us women-at-large." (source)
- The half-century or so before the famine was a period of increasing impoverishment for the landless poor and with impoverishment came rising inequality. (source)
- When referee Alan Snoddy blew the final whistle at 4. 57pm that April day nine years ago suddenly the sun burst through, the title famine at last had ended. (source)
- And perhaps there are those who, in that case, could die by the sword, in a heat, who yet could not deliberately die by famine, which is much worse, Lam. iv. (source)
- A third of Toronto children live in famine, over fifty percent of black youth are incapable of graduating with a watered down high school diploma, violence against women is rampant, blah blah blah. (source)
- This is the origin of the Hawaiian epigram always quoted in recalling the famine which occurred in the reign of Hua, an epigram which no one has understood, and which has never been written correctly: (source)
- Zimbabwe is worst off among the six southern African countries threatened with famine, which is a crisis rooted in the AIDS epidemic and not just crop failures and hunger, a top UN official said Thursday. (source)
- Analysts say that, without tackling the political complications that influence the distribution of food aid, and even the use of the word "famine," droughts will remain difficult both to prevent and to manage. (source)
- United Nations officials are cautious about using the word famine, and in the past 20 years, only a handful of humanitarian emergencies have qualified, including in Sudan in 1998, Ethiopia in 2001 and Niger in 2005. (source)
- Many mothers said their families were trying to survive on a gluey, chewy bread made of the root of the "false banana" plant - one of many wild or so-called famine foods that Ethiopians depend on in times of trouble. (source)
- What broke the famine was a storm of wind and rain that caused the snow to fall from the trees, cleared the forests, and formed, after a freeze, a crust on the snow that enabled the hunters to kill an abundance of game. (source)
- Fifteen years ago, Stoltenberg was the previous Australian winner of the US Mens Clay Court Championship, the relatively minor tournament that has ended a title famine for Hewitt stretching back to Las Vegas in March, 2007. (source)
- Aid agencies use the word "famine" with extreme caution, relying on a UN definition based on acute malnutrition among children under five reaching more than 30 per cent, and deaths from hunger reaching two people per 10,000. (source)
- And Eliseus spoke to the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying: Arise, and go thou, and thy household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst find: for the Lord hath called a famine, and it shall come upon the land seven years. (source)
- We have seen the effects of cotton famine, and I am sure matters would have come to a sad pass if we were to witness a _convict famine_, and to be compelled to open our workhouse gates to the starving families of our convict guardians. (source)
- M. Lontane, the second in command of the gendarmes, was sent scouting, and reported to the governor -- not the one who originated the manifesto -- that the famine was the result of an organized revolt against the law and order of the land. (source)
- In all civilised countries great masses of people are crowded into slums and labour-ghettos, where disease festers, vice corrodes, and famine is chronic, and where they die more swiftly and in greater numbers than do the soldiers in our modern wars. (source)
- Unfortunately, the rainfall is frequently insufficient, and the province of Samara often comes to the attention of Russia, or even of the world, as during the dearth in 1891, because of scarcity of food, or even famine, which is no novelty in the government. (source)
- "As the numbers come out, the word famine really starts to move people and it starts to peak the interest of the international community and the average citizen in a way that a humanitarian crisis unfortunately does not always get people active and engaged," she said. (source)
- Our enemy is a foreigner, begirt with the arms and the wealth of almost all the West; let us, by endeavouring to defer the battle for our profit, make him a prey to famine, which is all inward malady; and he will find it very hard to conquer a peril among his own people. (source)
- Antwerp would laugh the idea of famine to scorn; and although this immunity would be purchased by the sacrifice of a large amount of agricultural territory the price so paid was but a slender one, when the existence of the capital, and with it perhaps of the whole confederacy was at stake. (source)
- I asked him what had become of the very large iron-smelting population of this region; he said many had died of famine, others had fled to the west of Nyassa: the famine is the usual effect of slave wars, and much death is thereby caused -- probably much more than by the journey to the coast. (source)
- Behind the tragic drama of famine is a more hopeful story-one of progress in breaking down ancient barriers to permit greater food production; of successful experiments with new technology; of new strains of wheat; of large new tracts of land being placed under cultivation; of growing use of fertilizers. (source)
- We've been able to lead them in terms of the -- for example, in East Africa, the President's Greater Horn of Africa Initiative, to collaborating to try to increase food production and liberalize trading standards for agricultural products in that region; and generally, to avoid famine, which is a common occurrence in that region of the world. (source)
- A partial dislocation of one side of the spine would produce a twist which would throw one muscle on to another and another, straining ligaments, producing conjestion and inflammation, or some irritation that would lead to a suspension of the fluids necessary to the harmonious vitality of the foot, which is the great and only cause by which the suffering is produced in a foreign land, which we call a famine in the foot. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 47.0, which suggests that "famine" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 9 synonyms for famine.
dearth, destitution, drought, misery, paucity, poverty, scarcity, starvation, want
We have 5 antonyms for famine.
abundance, feast, plenty, stores, supply
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of famine from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A drastic, wide-reaching food shortage.
- (noun) A drastic shortage; a dearth.
- (noun) Severe hunger; starvation.
- (noun) Archaic Extreme appetite.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) extreme shortage of food in a region
- (noun) a period of extreme shortage of food in a region
- (noun) During times of famine
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) General scarcity of food; dearth; a want of provisions; destitution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Scarcity or destitution of food; a general want of provision or supply; extreme dearth, threatening or resulting in starvation: often used by extension with reference to the want or scarcity of material things other than food, and, figuratively, of immaterial things.
- (noun) Synonyms Dearth, etc. See scarcity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) an acute insufficiency
- (noun) a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death