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famine

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈfæmɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæmɪn//
 
[countable, uncountable] Poverty and famine
 
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a lack of food during a long period of time in a region a severe famine disasters such as floods and famine the threat of widespread famine in the area to raise money for famine relief See related entries: Poverty and famine Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from faim ‘hunger’, from Latin fames.Extra examples Against a background of impending famine, heavy fighting took place. Four million people are now facing famine. Thousands of people died during the terrible famine of that year. When famine strikes, it is often women and children who suffer the most. countries that regularly suffer famines
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