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Synonyms for famine

Synonyms for famine

an acute insufficiency

a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death

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It is true that there were frequent famines at that time, gentlemen.
I recollect only one little flat piece near Port Famine, and another of rather larger extent near Goeree Road.
This labour was much increased by the famine which the grasshoppers had brought that year upon the country.
To take spies and hang them, to make hazardous expeditions upon the dyke or the sea, to imagine wild plans, and to execute them coolly--such were the pastimes which made the army find these days short which were not only so long to the Rochellais, a prey to famine and anxiety, but even to the cardinal, who blockaded them so closely.
But in the great Indian famine of the seventies that ship, already old then, made some wonderful dashes across the Gulf of Bengal with cargoes of rice from Rangoon to Madras.
If I have encountered pain, famine, and disease in accomplishing the settlement of this rough territory, I have not the misery of failure to add to the grievances.
War, famine, pestilence, together or singly, bring down their strength and thin their numbers.
We generally created a famine, partly because the coffee on
Yes, indeed, sir; if I have to be eaten, in a moment of famine, I want it to be for your benefit and my master's; but the idea of feeding those black fellows--gracious
When the babe was three years old, just after the great war, during which no man could sow or reap, a famine came upon the land, and the people murmured because of the famine, and looked round like a starved lion for something to rend.
Famine was in every working-class quarter in the world within three weeks of the beginning of the war.
Others quit the game early, having drawn cards that called for violent death, or famine in the Barrens, or loathsome and lingering disease.
Before, when population pressed against the means of subsistence, the excess population had been swept away by famine.
Forgotten were the days they had hunted together, the game they had pulled down, the famine they had suffered.
Here were the chesty men again, rovers and adventurers, and while they didn't mind a grub famine, whisky they could not do without.