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famine

(făm′ĭn)
n.
1. A drastic, wide-reaching food shortage.
2. Severe hunger; starvation.
A catastrophic food shortage due to lack of food or difficulties in food distribution, affecting large numbers of people due to climatic, environmental, socio-economic reasons or extreme political conditions such as tyrannical government or warfare

famine

Pronounced scarcity of food in a broad geographical area, causing widespread starvation, disease, and/or death in a population.
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No sooner did the men about the fire hear the tread of the major's horse than a hoarse cry, the cry of famine, arose,--
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.
In our dear country, as indeed in the whole of Europe, a famine visits humanity about four times a century, as far as I can remember; once in every twenty-five years.
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.
But the wars and triumphs of the King pressed hardly on the people of England, and ere his reign was over misery, pestilence, and famine filled the land.
discovered by Matthiae at Moscow, describes the seizure of Persephone by Hades, the grief of Demeter, her stay at Eleusis, and her vengeance on gods and men by causing famine.
Besides, there's going to be a famine, and every ounce of grub'll count.
I recollect only one little flat piece near Port Famine, and another of rather larger extent near Goeree Road.