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famish

FAM'ISH, v.t. [L. fames.]

1. To starve; to kill or destroy with hunger.

2. To exhaust the strength of, by hunger or thirst; to distress with hunger.

The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel.

3. To kill by deprivation or denial of any thing necessary for life.

FAM'ISH, v.i.

1. To die of hunger. More generally,

2. To suffer extreme hunger or thirst; to be exhausted in strength, or to come near to perish, for want of food or drink.

You are all resolved rather to die, than to famish.

3. To be distressed with want; to come near to perish by destitution.

The Lord will not suffer the righteous to famish. Prov. 10.



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FAM'ISH, v.t. [L. fames.]

1. To starve; to kill or destroy with hunger.

2. To exhaust the strength of, by hunger or thirst; to distress with hunger.

The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel.

3. To kill by deprivation or denial of any thing necessary for life.

FAM'ISH, v.i.

1. To die of hunger. More generally,

2. To suffer extreme hunger or thirst; to be exhausted in strength, or to come near to perish, for want of food or drink.

You are all resolved rather to die, than to famish.

3. To be distressed with want; to come near to perish by destitution.

The Lord will not suffer the righteous to famish. Prov. 10.

FAM'ISH, v.i.

  1. To die of hunger. More generally,
  2. To suffer extreme hunger or thirst; to be exhausted in strength, or to come near to perish, for want of food or drink. You are all resolved rather to die, than to famish. Shak.
  3. To be distressed with want; to come near to perish by destitution. The Lord will not suffer the righteous to famish. Prov. x.

FAM'ISH, v.t. [Fr. affamer, from faim, hunger, L. fames, It. affamire, affamare; Sp. hambrear.]

  1. To starve; to kill or destroy with hunger. Shak.
  2. To exhaust the strength of, by hunger or thirst; to distress with hunger. The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel. Dryden.
  3. To kill by deprivation or denial of any thing necessary for life. Milton.

Fam"ish
  1. To starve, kill, or destroy with hunger.

    Shak.
  2. To die of hunger; to starve.
  3. To exhaust the strength or endurance of, by hunger; to distress with hanger.

    And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Cen. xli. 55.

    The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel. Dryden.

  4. 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? Shak.

  5. To kill, or to cause to suffer extremity, by deprivation or denial of anything necessary.

    And famish him of breath, if not of bread. Milton.

  6. To suffer extremity from deprivation of anything essential or necessary.

    The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish. Prov. x. 3.

  7. To force or constrain by famine.

    He had famished Paris into a surrender. Burke.

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Famish

FAM'ISH, verb transitive [Latin fames.]

1. To starve; to kill or destroy with hunger.

2. To exhaust the strength of, by hunger or thirst; to distress with hunger.

The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel.

3. To kill by deprivation or denial of any thing necessary for life.

FAM'ISH, verb intransitive

1. To die of hunger. More generally,

2. To suffer extreme hunger or thirst; to be exhausted in strength, or to come near to perish, for want of food or drink.

You are all resolved rather to die, than to famish

3. To be distressed with want; to come near to perish by destitution.

The Lord will not suffer the righteous to famish Proverbs 10:3.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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